MA Fashion Knitwear Design alumnus stages runway show at Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in 2010, Motohiro Tanji, Japanese MA Fashion Knitwear Design alumnus has since established his own knitwear label.

Motohiro Tanji's 2017 Autumn / Winter collection
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Motohiro Tanji's 2017 Autumn / Winter collection

Motohiro worked at Acorn Conceptual Textiles, a designer clothing store in Nottingham following completion of his degree, honing his knitwear design skills with the aim of setting up his own brand.

Launched in 2013, Motohiro Tanji is an experimental knitwear label that creates unique textures using both hand and knitting machines, crafting balanced designs ranging from fashion accessories to full-fledged outfits.

At this year’s Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo, he staged an impressive presentation and runway show entitled ‘Reflected in the water’, featuring his 2017 Autumn / Winter collection.

Motohiro Tanji
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Motohiro Tanji

Motohiro has been a part of the annual runway show since 2014. He told us: “I first learnt how to knit at NTU, which makes NTU the birthplace of my brand.

“Before coming to NTU, I studied fashion design in Japan. When I graduated, I realised I wanted to study fashion knitwear design. When I was researching universities in the UK, I ended up choosing NTU after looking at their graduate collections. I felt that NTU had more technical approach to knitting.”

Motohiro also runs Texture Creation classes in Japan, offering beginning and intermediate courses, with a focus on knitting techniques and technology.

MA Fashion Knitwear Design alumnus stages runway show at Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo

Published on 14 December 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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