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...be part of the Shinmai Creator's Project
Requirements for Applicants
A person recommended by a professor from an overseas fashion school or the principal of a domestic Japan fashion school, and possessing 10 years or less experience in creative activities. (Professional career needs to be outlined in a CV.)
A person willing to establish his or her business base for fashion and/or creative activities in Japan. (The exhibition will be carried out in Tokyo. There will support for participants in using Japanese materials.)
A person who has his or her own brand/fashion line but no commercial sponsors.
A person who can prepare 20 of his/her latest works* by March 2009. Works must have not yet been shown in Japan. Additionally, works that have been shown at any of the four major collections (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) are also not eligible.
All applications must be submitted as follows:
Deadline: June 20, 2008 (postmark date)
Address: SHINMAI Creator’s Project, Japan Fashion Week Organization, 3F Terasaki 1st. Bldg. 10-5, Nihombashi-Muromachi 1-Chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
Application materials (these need to be mailed together)
Academic recommendation from a professor; each school can recommend up to three candidates.
Please download and use the application form.
An essay describing the candidate’s motivation and goal as a creator, the concept of his/her brand, and his/her motivation for entering the Japan market (i.e., to tap into Japan’s manufacturing skills and business opportunities); Microsoft Word, up to 2 pages / A4 size
Creative portfolio (JPG or PDF file)
Attention: Applications must be in digital format and submitted by CD or DVD, except academic recommendations.
(Application materials will not be returned.)
Narrowing down of applicants by selection committee (Three creators will be selected at the end of August.)
Chairman of Selection Committee:
Mr. Richard Collasse President & Representative Director, Chanel Japan K.K. /
Chairman, the European Business Council in Japan
Members of Selection Committee (scheduled); in alphabetical order):
Mr. Takeshi Hirouchi Representative Director, Chairman, and CEO, ONWARD HOLDINGS CO., Ltd.
Mr. Nobukazu Muto Chairman and CEO, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Limited.
Mr. Nobuyuki Ota President, ISSEY MIYAKE INC.
Mr. Hiroaki Takashita President, RESTIR Holdings Inc.
Ms. Valérie Toranian Chief Editor, ELLE PARIS etc.
Support for participants
The organizer will:
Cover transportation and accommodation costs of participating creators and one assistant per creator during the 8th JFW.
Bear transportation costs of creators’ collections /outfits to Tokyo.
Provide an opportunity to visit textile exhibitions in Paris (Premiere Vision) and Tokyo (JFW Japan Creation). The organizer will also cover the costs of up to 10 Japanese fabric products,shown in these exhibitions (limit of 100,000 Japanese yen per product). Costs for other materials or products will be born by the participant.
Cover the basic costs to hold a fashion show (except for the cost of producing outfits) and to participate in a business exhibition. (While the organizer will try to meet demands concerning the fashion show, all requests may not be met.)
Hold an open review meeting.
Support the venue for fashion show and a business exhibition in the 9th JFW (2010 S/S Collection) in Tokyo, based JFW designer’s support rules.
April 21, 2008: Press release outlining “SHINMAI Creator’s Project”
Application period opens
June 20, 2008: Deadline for recommendations
End August 2008: Formally deciding three designers from applicants
September 2008: Première Vision / Opportunity to visit textile exhibition in Paris (optional)
October 2008: JFW- Japan Creation / Opportunity to visit textile exhibition in Tokyo
(Transportation cost of participating creators will be covered.)
March 9-14, 2009: The 8th Japan Fashion Week in TOKYO
Holding of collection show and exhibition/business meetings for “SHINMAI Creator’s Project” participants
Holding an open review meeting