WATARU TOMINAGA FW21
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Art Direction : Yudai Tanaka
Photography : Danny Danks
Videography : Keiki Banja
Editing : Pootee
Music : Le Makeup
Hair & Makeup : Akira Nagano
Model : Olga & Matthew
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ABOUT FW21 COLLECTION
WATARU TOMINAGA is an eponymous Japanese fashion brand founded in 2019. With a large emphasis on experimental prints, which incorporate hand drawn elements coupled with the visual manipulations of printed textiles through hand-pleating, the designer longs to create garments that are both transportive and referencial of times past. WATARU TOMINAGA offers unisex, casual design with playful prints inspired by the rich history of print making in menswear and womenswear, as well as textiles intended for the home.
The designer’s Fall-Winter 2021-2022 collection is derivative of the colors, textures and aged patinas of vintage pieces from the 70s-90s, sourced from all over the world during his global expeditions. Tominaga is most interested in the culture clash of various styles and backgrounds, merging distinct nuances to produce pieces that are conspicuous yet harmonious. Details of a racing jacket, paired with a marble print textile or a photo-printed design from a foreign land, are examples of the dynamic tension the designer hopes to project. He aims to create a playful collection of retro, yet contemporary, pieces with utilitarian details. His work is the true embodiment of eclecticism.
Born in 1988 in Kumamoto, Japan, Wataru Tominaga currently lives and works in Tokyo. With an international outlook, Tominaga pursued his education in Japan, the UK, and Finland by attending the Musashino Art University and Bunka Fashion College, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for BA Fashion Print, obtaining practical placements with John Galliano, Eddie Peake, and BLESS. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Arts of the University of the Arts in London.
In 2016 Tominaga won the Grand Jury Première Vision Prize at the 31st International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères. He was the artist in residency at Le Pavillon Neuflize OBC at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2016 -2017), while continuing the showcase of his collections at the Berlin Fashion Week, NY Premiere vision, and following year’s Hyres Festival again and also the collaborations with the brands such as Chanel and Petit Bateau. In 2018 Tominaga was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia – The Arts 2018 list. In 2019 he held a solo exhibition at Nonaka-Hill gallery in California. He has since launched his own commercial line for the SS20 season, presenting his latest collection merging fashion and art at the Fashion Week in Tokyo and then Lagos in fall 2019. Tominaga made his New York Fashion Week debut last fall for his SS21 Collection.