My graduate collection was inspired by different memories I made in the UK and each piece had a meaning. For example, my rainbow collection was inspired by my time in Brighton and my international friends.
More about Takato
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I enjoy the atmosphere in the UK, and Nottingham.”
What do you think about the facilities available?
“The fashion studio is amazing and the Bonington shop and University library are also very good.”
As an international student, what do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“I found Nottingham to be a really quiet city compared to my hometown, but it meant that I was able to find out who I was and who I wanted to be.”
What inspired each piece from your design collection?
“My graduate collection was inspired by different memories I made in the UK and each piece had a meaning. For example, my rainbow collection was inspired by my time in Brighton and my international friends. The ‘Fragile’ piece was inspired by the homeless people I encountered in London.
“I met a homeless person who enjoyed taking pictures of graffiti art and garbage. He shared his life story with me, and when he found a piece of garbage with FRAGILE written on it, he asked me to take a picture of it with him. He was 70 years old but he enjoyed life to the fullest.”
What did you most enjoy about Graduate Fashion Week in London?
“I enjoyed Graduate Fashion Week in London as I was able to meet and talk to amazing students in the UK.”
Do you think studying at NTU will help you in your future career?
“Yes, definitely! I know many Japanese fashion designers who graduated from NTU!”
How did you feel when you won the Kobe Fashion Contest scholarship?
“It was an amazing moment in my life. I was just happy and I made up my mind then to be an international designer.”
Takato came to NTU from Bunka Fashion College, after securing the sought-after Kobe Fashion Scholarship.