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Textile design Adjunct Professor Junichi Arai passes away

It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of renowned textile designer Junichi Arai who died on 26 September 2017.

Junichi Arai started hand weaving at an early age in his family’s mill, and after that, devoted his life to the innovative design of fabrics. In the 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated with renowned fashion designers, such as Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo, to integrate innovative fabrics into fashion design. The unconstrained creation of different fabrics brought entirely new materials into the fashion world, caused great sensation and inspired new original works. The works of Junichi Arai accomplished the perfect integration of textile dyeing of traditional crafts, modern chemistry knowledge, and new technology. Thus each of his works has unsurpassed allure. He called himself a “Textile Creator”, but was also called a “Post-Industrial Expert” and the “Talent of Japan’s Fabric Industry”. He and some of the Japanese avant-garde fashion designers were regarded as the core group of designers of contemporary textile products. His works had been included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the American Craft Museum.

In 2008, Junichi Arai became Adjunct Professor at ITC. His work was exhibited in The Fashion Gallery in 2009, and a retrospective exhibition of Junichi Arai will be exhibited at the Innovation Gallery and The Fashion Gallery in December 2017.