Exhibition at the Embassy of Japan

19 – 27 February 2015

NOTE: Friday 20 February - open for judging only

Open weekdays 09:30-17:30
Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy

The Embassy of Japan,
101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

(Noriko Nakazato)

As a part of the British Council and British Fashion Council's International Fashion Showcase 2015 in parallel with London Fashion Week, seven of Japan's hottest new designers come crashing into London.

Fashion is in a constant state of flux just as Japan’s natural landscape faces perpetual change. With the passing of the seasons, the land is gradually refashioned, eventually bringing great changes. The creativity of the Japanese people - echoing the process of natural change – is also unpredictable. The emerging designers featured in CRASH POP take inspiration from their own diverse backgrounds and reflect the reality of contemporary Japan.

is created by Central Saint Martins graduate Yoshikazu Yamagata. He is the founder of writtenafterwards and coconogacco fashion school in Tokyo which actively fosters young Japanese talent.

This exhibition is a part of the British Council and British Fashion Council's International Fashion Showcase 2015 in parallel with London Fashion Week and made possible with the generous support of writtenafterwards, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and All Nippon Airways; Curatorial Consultant: Maria Nishio, Central Saint Martins.

Akiko Aoki 青木明子 from Tokyo
is a graduate of Joshi Art University
and set up her own label, AKIKOAOKI
in 2014. www.akikoaoki.com



Ryota Murakami 村上亮太
 is a graduate of Ueda Fashion College in Tokyo. He once asked his mother, Chiaki, for help and they now work as a design duo; prize-winner at Tokyo Designers Week 2014.

Award-winning Tokyo-born designer Noriko Nakazato 中里周子 graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. In celebrating the joy of fashion, Noriko likes to grab one’s attention with playfulness and humour.


Menswear designer Soshi  Otsuki 大月壮士, a graduate of Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College, looks to his own cultural roots for inspiration.


Yuki Shimane 島根由祈
studied Fashion Knitwear at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2014. Yuki’s recent collection features textiles developed herself from newspaper, plastic bags and lace.

Wataru Tominaga 富永航 presently studying Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins via Helsinki and Tokyo, is originally from Kumamoto. By exchanging various elements of clothing, he likes to create different combinations with a view to changing social perceptions.

Kotoha Yokozawa 横澤琴葉 is from Nagoya and graduated from Tokyo Esmod and launches her label ‘kotohayokozawa’ this spring. With denim and pleats, this collection is everyday casual women’s wear with a difference.