‘Challenge Runway’ winner named chair of style design at Idyllwild Arts Academy

Kentaro Kameyama is the the new chair of fashion design at Idyllwild Arts.

Kentaro Kameyama is the the brand new chair of style design at Idyllwild Arts.

New York, Paris and Idyllwild.

The thread that connects these three locations shouldn’t be what it appears, and Kentaro Kameyama, the brand new chair of style design at Idyllwild Arts Academy holds the needle.

Kameyama is a earlier winner of the televised style competitors “Challenge Runway,” and he rapidly garnered the eye of the style world after his victory.

“After the present, lots of people needed to work with me,” Kameyama stated. “I had sponsors ship me to Paris and New York — I used to be capable of do huge style reveals.”

He participated in the Emmy-nominated actuality collection in 2017 earlier than touchdown his instructional function at the academy, which supplies pre-professional coaching within the arts to gifted teenagers in a boarding faculty setting.

“I used to be extra enthusiastic about educating and fostering youthful expertise moderately than simply creating typical designer work,” Kameyama stated.

There have been many candidates for the place, and Jeanette Louise Yaryan, the assistant head of faculty at Idyllwild Arts, stated she was delighted to interview Kameyama.

“One of many issues he brings to each dialog is a curiosity and a really inquisitive method to issues,” Yaryan stated. “He is very artistic and that is all the time clear anytime you discuss to him.”

Kameyama’s division chair place was speculated to begin within the fall, however he received a chance to affix the school early on account of a scarcity of academics.

Within the spring, Kameyama taught intermediate, superior style design courses at Idyllwild Arts earlier than his official begin as head of style.

Kentaro Kamerama

Kentaro Kamerama

“They (college students) had been very excited as a result of all of them knew who he was,” Yaryan stated. “He is very clear, speaking concepts and getting them to do the execution that he is searching for.”

“He is instructor,” Yaryan stated.

Kameyama needs to make use of his skilled expertice to present college students real-world alternatives in style. He hopes to see the scholars featured in giant style reveals and needs to attach them with folks throughout the business, she stated.

“He is only a splendidly optimistic presence,” Yaryan stated. “He is so encouraging of different folks and so encouraging of a scholar’s work — it is simply fantastic to have him right here.”

Kameyama stated designers often produce work that adheres solely to their specific type, however working with college students allowed him to widen his perspective.

“I do have my aesthetic,” Kameyama stated. “However working with so many individuals — college students give you issues I’d by no means think about.”

Kameyama needs to see his college students create stunning items that would “transfer folks’s hearts,” however is aware of that schooling is a voyage that varies between people.

He stated each scholar is completely different and some college students might require hands-on consideration whereas others might want a extra hands-off method.

“I by no means know,” he stated. “Thats half of the issues I am excited in regards to the unknown journey.”

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