To Each Individual, His Own Design: Yuima Nakazato

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To each indiviual, his own design.
The aim behind Yuima Nakazato’s work is to achieve his vision: “To each individual, his own design.” Originally a costume designer, Nakazato realized that people experienced a deep sense of fulfillment and freedom when they wore an item that was designed especially for them, and he decided that he wanted people everywhere to be able to experience this. Today, continual advances in technology are bringing our visions closer to reality, and Nakazato is creating unprecedented types of clothing by integrating technology with the pre-existing context of fashion.
His unit-constructed clothing is inspired by ice crystals, joining individual crystals together to form new faces and structures.


The units are inspired by origami, the art of folding a single sheet of paper into various shapes.
Nakazato uses state-of-the-art equipment to make precise cuts in two-dimensional sheets, and then folds these to create three-dimensional unit parts.


After being cut by machine, the units are assembled by hand.
Hundreds or thousands of units are used in each garment, with each of these units folded like origami.
The combination of tasks that can only be performed by machine with tasks that can only be performed by human hands results in a totally new type of clothing.


Unit-constructed clothing, inspired by ice crystals, consists of cells—units—that are brought together to create faces and cover bodies.


Envisaging the day when it will be possible to design not only clothes but the human form, Nakazato’s included arms created with a 3D printer in one of his collections.
The designer designed the human form, imagining the sort of garment that would adorn it.



The units have evolved further in Nakazato’s 2017 SS couture collection. Greater flexibility enables the units to be combined with a range of other materials.
Inspired by alchemy, this collection combined materials representing fire, wind, water, and earth to create the textiles.

Behind the scene

Nakazato has adopted a mathematical approach, calculating the number of units required to create the garment from each pattern.

Following the pattern and the combination of units, the various two-dimensional materials become a garment that covers a three-dimensional human form.

Thousands of units are carefully combined, one unit at a time. Every garment in the collection is assembled by a simple system requiring only insertion.

Nakazato’s concept of unit-constructed clothing means that a range of different patterns, shapes, and materials can co-exist in a single textile. The system enables units to be detached or added to update the final garment in various ways. It therefore allows the garment to be immediately altered to fit the wearer, regardless of the wearer’s body shape, and takes Nakazato a step closer to achieving his vision of “To each individual, his own design.”

YUIMA NAKAZATO COUTURE [Ignis are aqua terra] spring/summer 2017

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