Akino Kurosawa

Black Sheep

Location

helsinki / finland

University

aalto university of art, design & architecture Helsinki

Graduation year

2015

Akino is a Japan­ese fash­ion and tex­tile designer, cur­rently study­ing for her MA in fash­ion and cloth­ing design at Aalto Uni­ver­sity in Hel­sinki, Fin­land. She worked as an access­ory and tex­tile designer at giraffe Tokyo for a while, after com­plet­ing a BA in tex­tile design at Tama Art Uni­ver­sity, but later decided to go back to school to develop her design skills fur­ther.

Akino is currently one of ten finalists in the industry acclaimed Hyères Fashion and Photography Festival. Alongside diverse exhibitions and professional panel discussions, it hosts an international competition for emerging designers. The festival is a prestigious opportunity with CHANEL as a major partner and Paco Rabanne's Creative Director chairing the jury this year. The finalists will showcase their collections over the four day event – held at the beautiful Villa Noailles in the South of France – before a winner is chosen. Previous winners have included Viktor & Rolf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Anthony Vaccarello.

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