Satomi Ito started her studies in Fashion Creative Faculty of Design & Creation Course in 2007.
She is now a freelance stage costume designer.
- Why did you choose ESMOD?
- There was a fashion department in senior high school, and I wished to pursue my fashion studies in fashion vocational school.
I knew a senior student who graduated from the same high school and was ESMOD student and she recommended me ESMOD saying “I think ESMOD goes with you”. I visited it, as well as other schools.
The decisive factor was graduate collections. They show features of the school. Those of ESMOD were stylish, cool and fascinating.
- Were you aiming at costume designer of figure skate at the beginning?
- No, not at all. My wish was working for creative clothing.
But I was already interested in figure skating. I still remember that I introduced myself by saying “I enjoy watching figure skating." in the first class.
I went to watch competitions with my drawing case and study materials after classes.
I have never imagined that I would make figure skating costumes.
- Are you still utilizing what you studied in ESMOD now?
- Yes. ESMOD provided me with how to draw illustrations and establish concept.
I reproduce the figure and atmosphere of skaters as much as possible on illustrations, and the skaters and their coach often say that it helps them to imagine how it will go.
ESMOD education attaching importance to concept and visual making still helps my current job. By hearing opinions of choreographers and skaters, I create costumes under my concept and with the given conditions.
- Please tell us your career from graduation from ESMOD to starting the current job.
- If I tell it strictly, I didn’t graduate from it. When I was second year student, I was awarded in Kobe Fashion Contest 2008 and pursued my studies in the faculty of arts of Nottingham University for 1 year and half.
When I was in England, I started to think about my future and to wish to work for costumes of figure skating which I love.
After coming back to Japan, I worked for a dancewear company for four years. Now two years have passed since I resigned it and started my independent business.
- Please give a message to people who wish to work for figure skating costume.
- Many people asked me whether they should study in a fashion school to work for figure skating costumes since I was high school student.
If you wish it strongly, then my answer is “YES”. They are categorized as costumes, but we need to learn basic patterns and sewing and to absorb diverse things.
But you need to fundamentally love creation to continue this job. I want them to think thoroughly about the reason why they want to create figure skating costume.
You may have difficulties. I have thought to quit this job before achieving my goal, but I didn’t, because I love creation.
Choosing your school and your future direction is very important. Visit schools and join seminars to think about them thoroughly.