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2019.04.25

UNIQLO to Launch UT Collection of Iconic Star Wars Images Reimagined by Three Giants of Japanese Streetwear Design



April 23, 2019, Manila, Philippines – UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, announces the launch of the Master of Graphics project for its UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) brand. The first output from this project is the Master of Graphics UT Collection inspired by Star Wars, which will roll out in UNIQLO stores starting Monday, April 29. Iconic Star Wars imagery is reimagined by three world- renowned streetwear artists including Jun Takahashi, Tetsu Nishiyama and UT Creative Director NIGO.

The majesty of Star Wars has fueled the imaginations of people all over the world for more than 40 years. Among them are these three legends. The new collection underscores their reverence for Star Wars and the creativity it has stimulated in them.

■ Jun Takahashi collection and comments

Jun’s UTs present beloved Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO with a delicate touch. His collection is a canvas for his unique sensitivities. Examples include a design that injects a hint of danger into the fantasy setting for the habitat of furry Ewok bipeds on the forest moon of Endor. Jun says that, “I fondly remember Star Wars as the first science fiction movie I saw in my childhood. The characters and prop designs are endlessly novel and fascinating. As a long-term fan, I was delighted and honored to take part in this project. I used a cartoon series I really loved as a design motif.”

■ NIGO collection and comments

For one UT, NIGO whimsically chose a Rodian bounty hunter called Greedo, his favorite character from all Star Wars films. On the back of a UT with a Yoda quote there is a large depiction of that character that NIGO created. NIGO says that, “I adored Star Wars films so much that I grew up around them. They were all great, but episodes IV, V and VI stood out most. I loved the scene in which Greedo appeared, although this was where Han Solo blasted him. The exchange between the characters and the rhythm of Greedo’s speech were superb. I want people to enjoy quotes from Greedo and Yoda on the UTs.”

■ Tetsu Nishiyama collection and comments

Tetsu’s collection is a paean to his devotion to Star Wars. One of Tetsu designs uses the Dewback as a motif. This rugged and ridable reptile appeared only rarely in movies, but he has loved this creature, retaining it from the 1990s. There is also a graphic featuring a Mandalorian recruitment poster and a psychedelic take on the notorious Boba Fett . Tetsu says that, “Star Wars and Lucasfilm had a tremendous impact on me. Even today, the figures and other merchandise in particular appeal to me as a fan and creator. So, when asked to take part in this project I was determined to put my heart and soul into it as a Star Wars fan.”

Profiles

Jun Takahashi

Jun Takahashi launched his UNDERCOVER label in 1990 with a friend while studying at Bunka Fashion College. He has shown collections in Tokyo and Paris since 1994 and 2002, respectively. He is one of few Japanese designers to stay active worldwide while remaining a Japanese fashion industry leader. NIGO

NIGO is a legendary pioneer of Tokyo street fashion. He is active worldwide in an array of arenas, including the HUMAN MADE label and as UT’s Creative Director.

Tetsu Nishiyama

Tetsu Nishiyama started FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS in the early 1990s. This brand features slogans on silk-screen clothing to convey its message. He is the director of WTAPS, DESCENDANT, and another fashion brand.

About the UT MAGIC FOR ALL Project

MAGIC FOR ALL is a collaboration between UNIQLO and The Walt Disney Company that aims to enchant people around the world by capturing the wonder of Disney in everyday fashions. Combining the fantasy and magic of Disney, the action of Marvel, the adventure of Star Wars, and the creativity of Pixar with UNIQLO LifeWear, MAGIC FOR ALL makes choosing and wearing everyday fashion even more exciting and enjoyable.