Yuima Nakazato: Beyond Couture Exhibition at Cite Dentelle Mode Calais June 15, 2024, to January 5, 2025

“Eventually, each and every garment will be unique and different.”

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The City of Lace and Fashion in Calais is hosting a dedicated exhibition to Yuima Nakazato, a visionary Japanese designer committed to sustainable fashion. The exhibition, running from June 15, 2024, to January 5, 2025, offers a comprehensive retrospective of Nakazato’s innovative work, emphasizing his blend of tradition, advanced technology, and ecological consciousness.

Yuima Nakazato, born in Tokyo in 1985, graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2008. He launched his eponymous fashion brand in 2009 and has been a regular presenter at Paris Haute Couture Week since 2016, becoming only the second Japanese designer to do so after Mori Hanae. His notable work includes designing costumes for the Boston Ballet’s 2023 production of “La Mer.”

The Beyond Couture exhibition features over 50 pieces from Nakazato’s collections, spanning from 2016 to 2024. The display includes his distinctive clothing and accessories, along with fashion sketches, technical drawings, fabric samples, and fashion photos. Visitors can gain insights into Nakazato’s creative process through these exhibits, which also highlight the development of innovative textiles. Additionally, videos explain his techniques and sustainable practices.

Nakazato’s work is at the intersection of innovation, tradition, and high technology. His designs frequently utilize recycled materials and 3-D printing, pushing the boundaries of sustainable fashion. Known for his use of the origami technique and development of new textile fibers from fermented bacteria, Nakazato continually seeks to advance eco-friendly fashion through inventive production methods.

Nakazato’s vision for sustainable fashion involves creating enduring pieces that form a strong emotional bond with the wearer. His designs are not only avant-garde but also environmentally conscious, integrating recycled materials and reducing industrial waste. Collaborating with researchers and industrialists, Nakazato is dedicated to promoting eco-friendly fashion through cutting-edge production techniques.

In addition to his fashion collections, Nakazato is also involved in designing costumes for stage productions. He is currently preparing costumes for the opera “Idoménée,” set to be performed in 2024 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

This exhibition in Calais is a testament to Nakazato’s poetic vision and dedication to sustainable fashion, offering visitors a glimpse into the future of haute couture and the potential for eco-friendly innovation in the fashion industry.






Commissariat General Commissariat: Anne-Claire Laronde, Chief Heritage Curator, Director of the Museums of the City of Calais Scientific

Commissariat: Shazia Boucher, Heritage Curator, Deputy Director of the Museums of the City of Calais

Artistic Direction: Yuima Nakazato

Scenography: Atelier Tovar / Simon de Tovar and Alain Batifoulier

Exhibition Catalogue Lienart Editions, 144 pages, 120 illustrations, with texts by Shazia Boucher, Émilie Hammen, and Anne-Claire Laronde.



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.