Yuima Nakazato grew up with artistic parents: a mother who made jewellery and a father who sculpted. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he founded his brand in 2009. Presenting his collections on the Paris Haute Couture calendar since 2016, the Tokyo-based designer conceives and realizes one-of-a-kind garments that express freedom through form and enhance functionality through innovation.
Are you a dreamer?
Yes. I dream for a future where people are happier, healthy, and harmonised with the nature. I truly wish to contribute to that society through my creation and design.
How do you distinguish sleep dreams and life dreams?
I’m too busy dreaming and envisioning the future that I don’t have many sleeping dreams…
Had you dreamed of becoming a designer?
Ever since I remember, I was fascinated by the power of fashion – how it makes people happy, cheerful, and confident. Since then, I dreamed of being a fashion designer and making this world a better place.
Why do you think people dream of working in fashion?
I think because fashion has the power to effect people in a good way – and ultimately change the world.
When was the last time a dream came true for you?
One that is stands out is my last collection, Evoke, which marked my 10th consecutive time attending the Haute Couture Week – and even in these extremely difficult circumstances.
In what moments do you dream best?
After the pandemic situation, I’ve started to commute to my atelier by bicycle. Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration and this is when I dream.
To what extent do you think fashion is about proposing/selling dreams?
Fashion, from time to time, resolves personal issues by changing one’s appearance. In that sense, I think fashion gives a tremendous amount of hope and dreams to a lot of people.
Do dreams help us make sense of reality or do they help us escape?
Maybe they help us understand the reality – and make us escape from reality at the same time.
Do you have a dream that remains unfulfilled?
I somehow have a fear that, at the moment I’m satisfied, I will lose the energy to move forward.
What is your wildest dream for the state of the world?
To change the entire structure of the fashion industry. I dream of establishing a system where the designer and all the people who wear the garment are closer, and that everyone wears one-of-a-kind garments for decades with designers up-cycling/re-creating from these garments that have been worn for so long.
What is one dream you would like to achieve this coming year?
To see and meet my customers face-to-face as much as possible.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.