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Introducing Texprint 2017 prize presenter: Yuma Koshino, designer

13 September 2017 by Roger Tredre

Renowned Japanese fashion designer Yuma Koshino is to present the Texprint Awards in Paris on September 20. This is a very special moment for Texprint, not least because Koshino is the first designer from Asia invited to present the awards.

Over the years, the roll call of presenters has included many celebrated names in the international fashion industry, including most recently Martin Leuthold of Jakob Schlaepfer (2016), Rosita Missoni (2015) and Nino Cerruti (2014). This year, the award ceremony is boosted by the inclusion once again of the Woolmark Company Texprint Award as well as the addition of the new Marks & Spencer Texprint Fashion Textile Award.

Yuma Koshino has brought a creative eye to fashion design for many years, combining Japanese aesthetics with a Western sensibility to produce clothes that are both eminently wearable and fashion-forward.

Yuma Koshino - versatile creative force

She studied at Bunka Fashion College, then moved to London in 1992 to work as an assistant designer at Michiko Koshino London, the label founded by her aunt. Back in Tokyo, she launched her own label in 1998 and has built a formidable reputation over two decades.

Design runs through the genes of her entire family. Besides being the niece of designers Michiko and Junko Koshino, she is the daughter of Hiroko Koshino, a fashion designer of legendary status for more than 60 years who has brilliantly explored traditional Japanese values and concepts within a modern, Western framework – she was the first Japanese designer to show at Alta Moda, Rome, back in 1978, and showed in Paris for ten years until 1992. Yuma’s grandmother, Ayako, was also a designer.

Yuma Koshino - Autumn Winter 2017

Like her mother (who has also built a parallel career as an artist), Yuma Koshino is a versatile creative force, designing costumes for Japanese stage and screen as well as for pop stars. She’s also designed corporate wear for everyone from airline pilots to taxi drivers.

 “I am very pleased to applaud the young talents coming from the UK colleges and universities,” Yuma Koshino told Texprint ahead of her trip to Paris.

She added: “Première Vision Designs is a wonderful opportunity to bring them to the attention of the industry and the fashion world, which needs to invest in new fresher talents and ideas. I encourage all 24 designers to keep their curiosity, enthusiasm and passion – and to transform these into wonderful careers.”

In Paris, four textile design graduates will be awarded prizes for Colour, Pattern, Fashion and Interiors. These Texprint Awards highlight the exceptional textile design, techniques and innovation skills developed at UK colleges and universities. The winners often go on to enjoy successful careers in the industry.

The short lists for this year’s four Texprint awards are as follows: Pattern – Sophie Harrison, Angelica Chrysanthou; Colour – Roberta Fox, Sarah Maybank, Rosie Moorman; Interiors – Julia Liddell, Hayley McCrirrick, Lucy Day; Fashion – Charlotte Des’Ascoyne, Kate Connell, Olivia Qi.

Yuma Koshino - the final check...

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