ONICA by Akino kurosawa

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helsinki / finland


aalto university of art, design & architecture Helsinki

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Akino is a Japan­ese fash­ion and tex­tile designer, studied for her MA in fash­ion and cloth­ing design at Aalto Uni­ver­sity (Hel­sinki, Fin­land) and a BA in tex­tile design at Tama Art Uni­ver­sity (Tokyo, Japan).

Akino is 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. The finalists showcase their collections over the four day event – held at the beautiful Villa Noailles in the South of France. Previous winners have included Viktor & Rolf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Anthony Vaccarello.

Her works were featured in presentations during Helsinki fashion week and exhibition on the 21_21DESIGN SITE museum Tokyo, etc.

She returned to Japan in 2016 and worked as a knitwear designer for a few years. In 2019. She started a knitwear-focused label ONICA.

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