POST NEW | Interview with Hiroki Nakamura of Visvim
To celebrate the arrival of their Fall Winter 2012 collection, VISVIM head designer Hiroki Nakamura has been commissioned by Dover Street Market to create a window installation in their London store. The space sees a Native American-inspired teepee of mixed traditional materials representing nostalgic thoughts of freedom in youth. With an uncompromising approach to quality and organic innovation in design, VISVIM’s FW12 collection continues to produce a consistent range of well considered garments. Before the final completion, Monique Kawecki sat with Hiroki in the teepee situated in Dover Street Market’s front window to get a further insight into it all, the conversation resulting in an interview for POST NEW. (Full article here)
Monique Kawecki: There is a 10ft teepee that greets you as walk into Dover Street Market in London. Can you tell us abit about the idea and meaning to the window display?
Hiroki Nakamura: This was the project for Fall/Winter 2012, the season we are in right now. Two years ago I was driving around the US and saw some teepees. I’ve always had the dream to build a teepee myself. It still excites me, as it is a symbol of freedom. You can stay any place you want. I made a visit to Ken, a Park Ranger in the National Park in the United States, who has been studying the traditional teepee making techniques for more than 20 years. He got this pattern from the archives, in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and so this is the traditional pattern he learned. There are only a few people left that can build with natural buffallo hide. Those made out of canvas are more common. This is a 10ft teepee, therefore using 10 buffalo hides. A 19ft teepee consists of 19 buffalo hides. We’ve sewn this one while we have been travelling. We have been sewing in Hong Kong, Florence, Milan, and London to complete it in time.
MK: Can you please tell us the details of the materials you used for the construction of the teepee?
HN: The strings used to stitch together the hides are brain-tanned sinew of buffalo . It was very nice to work with this material. We don’t really use this anymore, but it’s quite flexible and also quite strong.
MK: Was this the teepee used last year in your exhibition in Paris?
HN: The Paris one was the largest, 19ft, but as the ceiling is lower here it needed to be 10ft. So we built a special 10ft.
MK: Tell us more about the concept of the piece.
HN: I’m really drawn to the concept of freedom. This is also why I started in fashion, I was interested in fashion because I wanted to dress free. To dress in a way that I would like, and where I can express myself in a free way. After 12 years of running our company, I wanted to go back to this concept. Being a creative, or making something we would like to wear, being free and for the freedom. There is alot of restriction, alot of things we should spend our energy for. But as a creator, I still want to believe we need to have freedom in fashion.This is the stuff I should never forget about.