Mantles of Transience (film screening)

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February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm EST

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Mantles of Transience  うつろいの時をまとう

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM (ET)
Doors open 5:30 PM | Film Screening | JFT Event Hall

Directed by MIYAKE Nagaru • 2022 • Documentary / Fashion • 95 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles • Trailer

Created by a couple of Japanese fashion designers, the clothing brand matohu fuses innovative designs with the traditional Japanese concept of beauty. In a series of beautiful images, Mantles of Transience takes you from the artists’ workshop to nature, where they find inspiration. Their goal? Highlighting the hidden beauty in everyday life, which we tend to overlook. Witness the production of their latest collection, Nagori, and learn about the rewarding life philosophy behind this one-of-a-kind fashion brand.

Designers’ Profile:

HORIHATA Hiroyuki, after finishing Graduate School at the Doshisha University, and SEKIGUCHU Makiko, after graduating from the Kyorin University, both took the Men’s Design course offered under the Apparel Design program in the Bunka Fashion College.

1998: After graduating, they worked for 5 years as pattern makers at COMME des GARCONS and Yohji Yamamoto, respectively. 2003: Both resigned and moved to UK and started working for London based designer Bora Aksu’s 04-05 A/W collection. 2005: Launched own brand matohu and started participating in Japan Fashion Week from 2006. 2009: Received the Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix New Designer Award and the Shiseido Sponsorship Award.

About matohu:

matohu (pronounced ma-tou) has two meanings. One is the Japanese word matou, which refers to clothes softly draping or wrapping the body.

The other is matou, the volitional form of the Japanese verb for wait (matsu) with the meaning of “let’s wait.” Instead of consuming and discarding things, matohu calls on people to wait until their own sense of aesthetics has matured.

With the concept of creating new clothes that sustain the Japanese sense of aesthetics, matohu offers designs born from the history, culture, and terroir of Japan in original styles authentic to the Japanese experience.

Director Profile:


Born ​1974 in Japan. While still studying at Tama Art University, MIYAKE Nagaru created experimental films in pursuit of physicality and participated in film festivals in and outside Japan. Since 1995, he has been directing documentary films about traditional performing arts and the communities such traditions are rooted in. He continues to pursue the possibilities of the communication and physicality in the physical expression through his unique point of view.


February 15 @ 6:00 pm
February 15 @ 8:15 pm
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Doors Open:
Japanese with English subtitles


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