Wataru Tominaga


Wataru Tominaga was born in 1988 in Kumamoto, Japan, and currently lives and works in Tokyo. With an international outlook Tominaga gained his education in both Japan, the UK and Finland at; Musashino Art University, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, BA Fashion Print with practical placements with John Galliano working on his Margiela collection. His education concluded with an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts London, England. 

Characterized and often perceived as maximalist in design, the creation is routed in handmade and conceptually developed textiles — a reference and crossover between art and fashion. Tominaga’s work simultaneously provides an update on the Japanese avant-garde fashions of recent decades. A uniquely craft based and refined approach to ready-to-wear in the manipulation of fabric to create shape — an intellectual approach that stands in contrast to the quick comprehension and styling of many contemporary ready-to-wear collections we are so accustomed to. 

Wataru Tominaga builds his distinctive textiles atop readymade fabrics with universal, genderless motifs; paisleys, florals, plaids and ginghams. Manipulating these materials before the top graphic layer of cut vinyl is added. The top layer of information upon the bottom layer of differing information creates new associations of gender fluidity with the mixing of varying masculine and feminine associations — often creating a genderless garment. Minimal rugby stripes are overlaid with vinyl argyle. As worn the vinyl moves as the pleats shape and move to the body of the wearer.

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