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SATOMI ITO

SATOMI ITO

2007 Department of Fashion and Creative Studies
Freelance Costume Designer

How you got into ESMOD?
There was a fashion department in the high school I was attending, and I thought that I wanted to go to a vocational school for fashion as it was.
There was a senior of high school graduates who went to S-mode, and it was recommended that “I think that S-mode matches Ms. Ito.” I went to visit S-mode and visited other schools.
The deciding factor is the graduation collection. I think that this is a school taste. S-mode was stylish, cool and attractive.
Did you originally want to be a figure skating costume designer?
No at all. I wanted to go to the world of mode in the future.
However, I was looking at figure skating from that time. I remember I said “Hobby is watching figure skating” in the first class self-introduction.
After the class, I went out to see the game with Bazooka and challenges.
I had never thought that I would dress for a skate.
Do you still use what you learned in ESMOD?
I agree. I studied design and concept making in S-mode.
I draw a design drawing that makes the face and atmosphere as similar as possible, but it is often said by players and coaches that it is easy to imagine.
S-mode cherishes concept and visual making, but I feel that it is used in my current work. He listens to the opinions of choreographers and players, and incorporates his own concept into costumes under given conditions.
Tell me the way from S-Mode graduation to the current job.
Strictly speaking, although I did not graduate, I won the Kobe Fashion Contest 2008 when I was in the second grade, and I did not progress in the third year of S-mode and studied abroad for a year and a half at Nottingham Art University in England.
When I was in England, I came to think about the future and wanted to get involved in my favorite figure skating outfit.
After returning to Japan, I worked for a dance wear company for 4 years and now I am independent for the third year.
Message to those who want to carry on their skate clothes in the future
There are many questions from high school students saying, “I would like to get involved in a skate outfit in the future, but should I go to a dressmaking school?”
The answer is yes if you strongly desire it. Although it is in the category of “Costume”, I think that basic patterns and sewing of clothes should be learned, and various things should be absorbed.
However, it is also a profession that can not continue unless you basically like “making things”. I want you to think carefully and choose why you want to make a “skating costume”.
Not all works well. Sometimes I wanted to give up on the way, but I did not quit because I liked making things.
I think the future and the choice of school are very important. I would like you to attend school tours and seminars and think carefully.