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Naoya Nakayama

MA work

Purified Imperfect

'Art' must be true to contemporaneous 'life'.

The Japanese aesthetic known as the 'way of tea' is a fundamental concept for my collection. This includes 'the worship of the imperfect', which is known to represent a fundamental beauty in the relationship between nature and mankind. I apply core elements of this principle to the design process and garment making.

My projects explores the process of preparation, purification and sharing a moment with a guest, as well as investigating the remarkable perfection of the 'chasitsu' (tea room), constructed from wood and bamboo. The construction of the tearoom is designed as a representation of a sanctuary from the vexations of our outer world, and the freedom from vulgarity.

The collection is a narrative of my design process throughout the year. I've attempted to expand the range of the silhouette by experimenting with different methods, materials and colours, as well as collaborating with different professions such as bamboo craftmen, and knitwear/textile designers.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2015

  • I'm keen on exploring different design fields, as well as cultures and histories of different countries. My works are based on the progress of my experimental design approach, to create an original method to translate ideas into fashion.
  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, London College of Fashion, 2010
  • Experience

  • Assistant to art director, Beta LLC, Tokyo, 2013 ; Illustrator, HTMN Architect and Associates, Tokyo, 2013; Design assistant, Breaks London, 2012; Illustrator, Surface Magazine, China/London, 2012; Cutter, Jonathan Saunders, London, 2009–10
  • Exhibitions

  • Textile Institute: Design for Business Advantage, HM Treasury, London 2010
  • Publications

  • 'LCF Bachelor Graduate Show', Dazed Digital, 2010 ; 'World Talent', Vogue Italy, September 2010