Yuima Nakazato // Designer Profile
Born between a sculptor father and a jeweler mother, Nakazato was raised in an environment surrounded by modern art and various forms of expression from early childhood. He began making clothes by self-education before entering the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp's Fashion Department. Nakazato’s graduation collection earned multiple awards in Europe. In 2016, Yuima Nakazato presented his first Paris Couture collection as an official guest designer selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. He continually combines the newest in technology and craftsmanship in his creation processes.
Nakazato was the youngest Japanese to graduate from the Fashion Department Master’s Course of the world-renowned fashion school, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Awarded the Innovation Award by Ann Demeulemeester, one of the Antwerp Six, for his Master’s Course graduation collection. Participated and won awards at Diesel sponsored, International Talent Support (ITS) Fashion Competition held in Italy, the largest fashion contest in the world, in both 2008 and 2009. Shoe designs created during his study at the Royal Academy were put into the Antwerp Mode Museum (MoMu) for permanent preservation.
Upon recognition by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, selected as an official guest designer for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The second Japanese designer to be chosen in history and the first time in 12 years since Hanae Mori to be on the Paris Fashion Week official calendar.