Colors & Art
WATARU TOMINAGA’s new spring/ summer 2021 collection and New York Fashion Week debut landed at NYMD/ CFDA digital presentation on Tuesday.
Often characterized as maximalist in design, Tominaga’s creation is rooted in conceptually developed handmade textiles.
Tominaga builds his distinctive textiles atop readymade fabrics with universal, genderless motifs; paisleys, florals, plaids and ginghams.
Manipulating these materials before the top graphic layer of cut vinyl is added. Creating contrast through tension, the top layer of information collides with the layered garment below, to create new associations of gender fluidity with the mixing of varying masculine and feminine associations.
This counterpoint embodies the type of genderless fashions he creates.
Born in 1988 in Kumamoto, Japan, Wataru Tominaga currently lives and works in Tokyo.
With an international outlook, Tominaga pursued his education in Japan, the UK, and Finland by attending the Musashino Art University and Bunka Fashion College, the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for BA Fashion Print, obtaining practical placements with John Galliano, Eddie Peake, and BLESS.
He then earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Arts of the University of the Arts in London.