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For his graduate project from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Ryunosuke Okazaki created a collection consisting of three couture dresses in bold colours and shapes titled JomonJomon that are informed by Japanese Jōmon-era pottery and Shinto, an ancient religion that originated in Japan

The striking designs are modelled and decorated on Jōmon-era pottery, where vessels were decorated through pressing rope and coils into wet clay to create ornate designs. The JomonJomon collection was made using polyester, cotton and ribbed knits, in red, blue, black and white as the primary colours. Its sculptural forms were created by combining and draping textiles that are contoured into geometric patterns and shapes. Bold colours paired with contrasting stripes and swatches were used to accentuate the curves and contours of the sculptural fabric.

Kenji Agata

Jōmon pottery was used to channel hopes for life and fears of death, a concept that the designer reimagined for his collection and he drew parallels between the Jōmon era and the current pandemic period. The lookbook depicts models wearing the garments on plinths as a reference to the way people worship. 

Okazaki won first prize for the collection and a look from the collection will be displayed at the University Art Museum.


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