Kosuke Kawamura has risen in Japan’s art world as a top name in collage making. When he’s not presenting his works for an exhibition, Kawamura becomes the go-to artist for some of the biggest labels in Japanese fashion. Prior to the year, the budding talent worked with Uniqlo for a capsule of tees featuring the famous Dragon Ball Z anime franchise. He’s also released a BE@RBRICK in the style of his collage art and created accessories and apparel showcasing works from the cult anime favorite, Akira. Bounty Hunter, Poggy and Studio 33 are just some of the other names in Japanese streetwear he’s worked with.
In 2020, Kawamura was commissioned early in January to design graphics for the return of the iconic Ura-Harajuku Label REVOLVER. Retailer Goodhood and fashion brand F-LAGSTUF-F also tapped the rising creative for some bold artworks for two capsule releases. But perhaps, Kawamura’s biggest collaboration was with Japanese streetwear stalwart NEIGHBORHOOD for a number of T-shirt designs — the graphics he created were done in black and white tones featuring pinup models, hand gestures, faces and eyes.