The prestigious Hyères Festival de Mode et de Photographie, the French annual celebration of fashion and photography, named its 10 finalists for 2014. From an original selection of 312 applications, 45 candidates were selected of which a further 10 have now been invited to present at Villa Noailles for the Festival’s final competition in April. Meet a few more of this year’s finalists below (and be sure to see who we introduced you to in the past HERE and HERE). They were selected by a jury lead by Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and includes: Carol Song, the Head Buyer at Opening Ceremony; Jay Massacret, Chief Editor of Fashion for VMan; Eric Wilson, Fashion News Director at InStyle; and actress x fashion designer, Chloe Sevigny) and stay tuned for our coverage of the Festival, which takes place from April 25th to 28th …
The Fashion Law - How old are you and where are you from?
I am 25 and from Japan.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your background in fashion.
I spent 2 years at ESMODE JAPON in Osaka and then received my diploma at Ecole de la Chambre Syndical de la Couture Parisienne. I have done internships at Givenchy, Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Gianfranco Scotti, and Christian Dior. And right now, I am working as freelance designer.
The Fashion Law - How was Givenchy?
Actually the first internship I've ever had was at GIVENCHY. The chief of the atelier, who came to my school as a judge, asked me to work with them as an intern. There, I got to learn draping and finishings done by hand. As a result of my internship with them, I felt that my creations were far from being perfect. It made me notice that to make something beautiful, you need to keep your concentration from the start to the end. Unfortunately, I didn't get to work directly with Riccardo, as I was working in the atelier of couture. At the end of the internship, the chief of the atelier introduced me to the human resources department so I can work with the design team. From each internship, I've learned a lot, but the intern at DIOR was what changed me the most.
The Fashion Law - Tell me a bit about your brand.
I always have an image for my brand in my mind. For this collection, I was really channeling something both cute and intelligent at the same time. I don't know exactly what my brand speciality is at present, but when I launch my brand, I want to pursue a balance of art, culture, modern and business to make really beautiful pieces.
The Fashion Law - Why is being a finalist for the Hyeres prize important to you?
I think it will help me to increase the level that I am on while competing with others.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?