Applications are now closed.
We received over 700 applications this year.
Thank you for your participation.
Click here to see the preliminary shortlist.Tokyo Governor Awards nominees Yohji Yamamoto Awards nominees
Young Talents from Tokyo,
Test Your Wings in the World.
To make Tokyo a fashion hub on par with Paris, Milan, New York, and London, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is taking steps to promote the fashion and apparel industry. As part of this initiative, new competitions will be organised to discover and nurture young talents capable of performing on the world stage.
What evolutions lie ahead for fashion in the future?
From exciting, never-before-seen designs to new functions that enrich people's lives, and innovative ideas that solve social challenges, the possibilities for fashion are surely endless. With this in mind, we welcome applications from fashion students and creative people from all walks of life.
From Tokyo, we will expand the potential of fashion. We look forward to meeting a new generation of designers with unfettered and open-minded ideas who are not bound by the conventions of the past.
- Media coverage
- Next Fashion Designer of Tokyo winners have been selected.
- Introduction of the Final Review Fashion Show.
- The preliminary shortlist has been finalised for the Yohji Yamamoto Awards.
- The preliminary shortlist has been finalised for the Tokyo Governor Awards.
- We have received over 700 applications this year.
A graduate of the Faculty of Law, Keio University. Yamamoto established Y's in 1972 after studying at Bunka Fashion College. He debuted at the Paris Fashion Week as Yohji Yamamoto in 1981. Dubbed “The Black Shock,” his designs caused a sensation, and his refusal to follow the trends of the times and rebellious spirit revolutionised the fashion industry. He was appointed Creative Director of Y-3 in 2002. He has also worked on films directed by Wim Wenders and Takeshi Kitano, operas by Wagner, and created costumes for the dance company for which Pina Bausch was the artistic director. Yamamoto received the French L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1994, the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2004, the French Ordre national du Mérite in 2005, and Commandeur in 2011.
Based on the theme of each category, the judging looks at design, functionality, novelty, marketability, sustainability, and accessibility for people with disabilities.
Judges*By alphabetical order without honorifics.
Head judgeKatsuhiko HibinoPresident, Tokyo University of the Arts Director, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu Director, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto Tokyo Arts and Culture Council member
Hibino completed his postgraduate studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1984.
He won Grand Prize at the Nippon Graphics Exhibition in 1982 and the highest ADC award in 1983, exhibited at the 1986 Sydney Biennale and the 1995 Venice Biennale. He was awarded the Mainichi Design Award Grand Prix in 1999 and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award in the Art Promotion Category of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2015. On 1 April 2022, he was appointed President of the University.
Kazuko KurosawaCostume designer
Born in Tokyo, the eldest daughter of Akira Kurosawa. After studying styling at the Sun Design Institute, Kurosawa enrolled in the Design Department of the Ito Clothing Institute. She set up a design company and worked in fashion design after graduation. Kurosawa joined the production of Akira Kurosawa’s film Dreams as a costume designer. She has been working as a costume designer ever since.
Yumiko HaraFashion director
In 1970, Hara took part in the launch of An An magazine and began working as a stylist in 1972. For about 40 years since 1973, she has covered the Paris prêt-à-porter collections and reported on them for newspapers. Her diverse activities include serving on the selection committee for fashion-related awards as a fashion director, lecturing, and supervising kimono-related events.
Izumi OginoCreative Director, Anteprima
In 1970, Hara took part in the launch of An An magazine and began working as a stylist in 1972. For about 40 years since 1973, she has covered the Paris prêt-à-porter collections and reported on them for newspapers. Her diverse activities include serving on the selection committee for fashion-related awards as a fashion director, lecturing, and supervising kimono-related events. She launched ANTEPRIMA in 1993 and made her Milano Moda Donna debut in 1998 as the first Japanese woman to participate in the Milan Fashion Week. The same year, she launched the brand’s iconic wire bag.
Kanako KajiharaTextile designer
CEO, KAJIHARA DESIGN STUDIO
Upon graduating from Tama Art University, Kajihara worked for Issey Miyake Textile Planning Co., Ltd. before moving to the UK, where she completed an MA at the Royal College of Art (RCA). She supervised trends, worked on material development with Japanese producers and was involved in branding and global development as various project directors. She launched the ethical brand COQ from Sapporo, which promotes harmonious symbiosis with nature.
Shota KamiyaIsetan Mitsukoshi, Isetan Shinjuku store
As the buyer of the independently curated boutique Restyle, which epitomizes Isetan, an iconic name in fashion that prides itself on its unparalleled individuality and ability to attract customers, Kamiya has full responsibility for merchandise, purchasing products from Paris and New York as well as domestically. After joining the company in 2009, he worked in sales as an assistant buyer before becoming a womenswear buyer at Isetan Shinjuku in 2015.
Inclusive Design category
Yuriko OdaFounder and CEO, WheeLog!
Representative, NPO PADM
Oda started using an electric wheelchair due to progressive distal myopathy. She promotes the development of new drugs for extremely rare diseases and develops and operates WheeLog!, a wheelchair-accessible map created by all. Oda aims to make Japan a leading social care state from the perspective of a formerly healthy person and a currently disabled person. She has won numerous awards, including the Global Innovator at the Dubai World Expo and the Minister’s Award for Barrier-Free Promotion by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
GIMICO is Japan’s first amputee model. She has appeared in many productions, including modelling for Mika Ninagawa-designed prosthetics in the Medicine and Art exhibition, and has worked extensively as a model in music videos and the media. She is active nationally and internationally as a pioneer in the diversity movement. (GIMICO appeared in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games closing ceremony and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.)
Masato YamaguchiMASATO YAMAGUCHI DESIGN
Office representative and designer
Executive director, NPO Japan Universal Fashion Association
Yamaguchi is a graduate of Bunka Fashion Graduate University. He developed a clothing rework brand while still a student, domestically and internationally. He specializes in sustainable fashion and universal design and is expanding his activities in multiple fields, including design, event planning, lecturing, and research at academic societies.
Inclusive Design category
~ Designs that let people with disabilities shine ~
This category is for designs intended to be worn by people with disabilities.
More specifically, the following types of designs are considered.
- Functions and forms necessary to meet the needs of the disability have been considered.
* Please refer to the following websites for more information on the types and characteristics of disabilities.https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tokyoheart/shougai/index.html
- Not limited to specific disabilities but intended to address a wide range of disability characteristics.
- A universal design that people without disabilities can also wear, with consideration given to the functions and forms necessary for people with disabilities.
Those who pass the preliminary review will be invited to brush up on their designs based on users’ perspectives and needs through workshops with people with disabilities. Please be adaptable in your designs and submit them for the preliminary review.
Inclusive Design category
- NCaptain, NPO D-SHiPS32
- Para ice hockey silver medallist
- Representative, Shogai Koryakuka
- Accessibility creator
Freelance category workshop
Born in 1982 in Nara, Japan. Artist. Associate Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Nishio develops projects in Japan and abroad, focusing on the relationship between the act of dressing and communication. He is the creator of the fashion brand NISHINARI YOSHIO.
Message to applicants
These competitions welcome applications from fashion students and those involved in various creative fields such as digital media, animation, video production, and more!
We support individuals who go beyond the boundaries of conventional fashion competitions and lead the fashion industry with new values.
Applications for this year are now closed.
Thanks for your entries.