Chris Namaizawa

Chris Namaizawa

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

For the last couple years, I have been thinking on the theme of fashion as my roots. Looking different from typical Japanese, I had to change myself to wear fashion adapted to Japanese society. Fashion was a part of my body and was an essential existence for me. In the 1990s, with the influence of street fashion in Tokyo, I had the opportunity to launch my own brand. I was blessed with meeting fashion leaders and I learned a lot from them. Due to the appearance of “fast-fashion” recently, our value for clothing has been changed greatly. I was speechless when I looked upon a pile of discarded clothes and an idea came to me to make them into art pieces for future generations. The new series, “My name”,  was produced using this method. The care labels are left on the discarded clothes like soldiers’ dog tags (serial numbers) that prove they lived in this world. The care label reveals the history of cloths owner, a designer or people of the country of production. The serial  numbers listed on the care labels are printed on silk-screen and used as their ‘names’, like each of us gets a social security number, we can say that a cloth itself has a life.

Art Fairs

Untitled, Art., Miami Beach, Miami
Mt. Fuji Biennale, Fuji, Shizuoka
Aosando Art Fair, Trico Field, Tokyo 2014 “Artbeats SF Art Fair” Pier 70, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions

Accumulate Vol.3“, Jinen Gallery, Tokyo

START TODAY“, Brooklyn Ouchi Gallery, New York

Florence, Kyoto 50th Anniversary“, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

12 x 12” Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco
SFOS Exhibition” SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco


Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Italy

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