Rei Yamamoto was inspired to become a fashion designer after watching her grandmother sew dolls with kimono fabrics as a child in Okinawa, Japan.
She has shown her designs at several fashion shows, including The Art Institute of California – San Francisco fashion show where she won the Best Construction award.
A year later, she graduated from the school with honors and won the Best Portfolio award. “I have an interest in both women’s and men’s ready-towear.
My inspirations mostly come from art, especially Surrealism paintings, which have influenced my aesthetic as a designer,” she says. “I aim to create clothing that’s unexpected and new and love to merge vintage and modern aesthetics.”