My visit to VANTAN DESIGN INSTITUTE in Tokyo photos by Junko Yoda


VANTAN's Tsutomu Yamada, Hiromi Ishikawa, DP and Tatsuya Fujiwara

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I arrived in Tokyo this morning and along with being here for the ASVOFF screening I am also here to meet with the powers that be at the Vantan Design Institute and to have a Q & A with their students. We had a nice chat today and they told me about how the school is structured, the different specialties that are offered which range from fashion design to food design, beauty and film. They have an international program and collaborate with Parsons and IMG and make a presentation during the Mercedes Benz fashion week in NYC.

Our meeting was well documented.




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.