ABOUT

The fashion industry needs to change.

We search, praise, and educate future fashion designers who have the courage and ambition to overcome this situation.

Climate change, racism, economic discrepancy… Us human being are facing numbers of serious challenges. And now, it is obvious that the fashion industry has to fundamentally change.

 

Under these circumstances, FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM is a project, to act and lead our society into the right direction, by searching, praising, and educating future fashion designers. We need to make changes, and I sincerely hope this program will move us towards to a better future.

 

Age, gender, race… Anyone can apply to this program. We expect someone who has a passion to make a new step as a fashion designer. We will request to the selected candidates, to present a design of garment, which achieves social responsibility and creativity at a high level. Throughout the process, we will provide materials, support from technical advisors, and an opportunity to learn, together with experts from various genres. The final announcement of the creation will be published through various medias.

 

Garment is essential for us to live. Throughout this program, we intend to learn, think, and elevate the social consciousness about garment, not only for the participants, but for all of us. We encourage all of you, to move forward towards the new era with FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM.

 

Founder: Fashion designer Yuima Nakazato

FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM is a new learning opportunity that combines five programs.
01 | AWARD AWARD Where we define fashion for the coming era

We will think about social responsibility and beauty to be embodied and appreciated. We will consider the future of fashion through interaction with judges who have unique perspectives with diverse backgrounds.

02 | INCUBATION INCUBATION Where we support participants

We will provide participants with a wide range of support, including opportunities to learn from supporters and advisors from various genres, materials pffer, assistance and advice from technicians necessary for production, as well as opportunities to present their work and disseminate it through the media.

03 | SCOUTING SCOUTING Where we spotlight future talents

We provide opportunities for those who want to take a new step forward as a fashion designer regardless of age, profession, or experience. We will also search for talented people from domestic fashion related educational institutions and high schools.

04 | MATCHING MATCHING Where the chemistry happens

We will provide a place where the participants can encounter with various companies, as well as the other participants, who have the qualities needed to be active as designers, in terms of creativity, awareness of social responsibility, presentation skills, and business skills.

05 | LABORATORY LAB Where you develop your ideas

We will provide the participants a lab, where you can have the opportunity to continuously learn and develop your ideas. With the addition of the participants of each year, this lab will form a learning community.

Program Timeline
July 5th - Aug5th
Application
Please carefully read the point.
Beginning of August 2021
Selection
8 designers will be selected.
*Travel expenses will be provided for those who live far away from the program.
End of August 2021 - November 2021
Incubation
The selected participants will be provided with advices from a variety of experts, materials for production, access to equipment, and other support. In addition, the creation (including the process) will be published in various media. The final work will be photo shot as well.
December 2021
Announce of Winners
Final presentation and award event.
January 2022
Join the Lab
January 2022 All 8 participants will be able to participate in the lab. This will be a forum for opportunities to collaborate with experts and companies. This is a great opportunity to continuously learn and develop your ideas, and to build a learning community, as the all of the participants joins each year.
Who can apply
Those who aspire to explore the frontiers of fashion by combining their original ideas with a social responsibility perspective. Anyone at any age can apply. Any specific profession or experience are not required.
How to Apply
1. Please read application requirements and manual HERE.
2. Please access to application form from the ENTRY button.
3. Please submit your application form/portfolio/idea proposal online before August 5th, 2021 (JST)
*If you would like to send look book or portfolio to us, please read HERE before submission.
*Gmail account is required to apply.

FOR CONTEST RELATED ENQUIRIES contact@ffp.jp

Angles of jury

We expect to provide your creation with you own logic and story, with below angles of thinking in depth.

Social Responsibility

Guarantee of transparency

  • Traceability
  • Transparency

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Gender
  • Sizing
  • Inclusive design

Environment

  • Water usage
  • Chemical
  • Carbon usage
  • Energy efficiency
  • zero-waste
  • biodegradability
  • biodiversity

Circular system

  • repair
  • upcycling
  • open-loop recycle
  • closed-loop recycle

Labor

  • Labor's rights
  • Child labor / forced labor

Animal welfare

  • animal abuse
  • breeding environment
Creativity

Creativity

  • original definition of beauty
  • newness
  • originality
  • timelessness
FAQ
How can I apply?
You can apply via Google form on FFP website
What are the requirements to apply?
There are no requirements. Regardless of age or experience, we would be happy to receive applications from anyone who aspires to realize a creation for the new era.
Is there anyone who is not eligible to apply?
Basically, everyone is welcome to apply. However, we would not accept those who are involved with antisocial forces.
Is there a fee to apply?
No. You may have to cover the postage cost, in case you with to send optional documents to us.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes. Please note that you can only make one application for one idea.

JUDGING COMMITTEE

Juries of wide range of profession considers the compatibility of beauty and social responsibility.
Juries encourages multifaceted discussions on what and how we should evaluate fashion, and considers the true meaning of making clothes while maximizing the joy of fashion.

LIBRARY

FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM will share the perspective and process of learning to everyone. FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM promotes discussion on social responsibility in the fashion industry. We aim to create a future of fashion where creativity and social responsibility co-exists at a high level.
DIALOGUE
Discussion between FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM and supporters.
COMING SOON
DIARY
Days of FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM
COMING SOON
KNOWLEDGE
Information and inspiration about fashion and social responsibility
COMING SOON
ENTRY ENTRY

WHO WE ARE

FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM Committee
YUIMA NAKAZATO Co., Ltd.
Yuima Nakazato (Creative Director)
Shota Inoue (Project Manager)
unisteps
Arisa Kamada (Co-Representative)
Io Takemura (Co-Representative)
Keisuke Izumi (Project Manager)
Spiber Inc.
Yoshi Oshima (Head of Corporate Planning Office)
Kenji Higashi (Head of Business Development)
VOGUE JAPAN
FASHION FRONTIER PROGRAM will be partnering with VOGUE CHANGE.

VOGUE CHANGE is and project lead by VOGUE JAPAN. Launched in 2020, VOGUE CHANGE has been enlightening social challenges world wide, primary focusing on diversity & inclusion, sustainability, and work & life.

SPONSORS

SUPPORTERS