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SHINSUKE NAKANO (born in Japan) studied fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London.


During his study, he achieved multiple scholarships from Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande Foundation for his MA Fashion degree at Central Saint Martins and the Bunkacho of the Japanese Government for his research about tailoring techniques in London.


He was also awarded Master of Philosophy for his practice-based research on the relationship between performance and clothes-making.

In 2020, he launched his own fashion label SARTOGRAPH.



He was born in Japan. In his childhood, he spent time drawing and crafts, especially intricate plastic-model making of cars and architectures, being influenced by an international expo hosted by his home town. The expo showcased cutting-edge designs and architecture by acclaimed architects such as Tadao Ando and Arata Isozaki.

Two separate events in his childhood made him strongly aware of his ‘body’: a car accident and a severe injury resulting from a compound fracture of his arm. His childhood experience of crafts and awareness of the body led to his interest in fashion and art and he aspired to work in the creative industry.


2005-2009: He studied contemporary art and art history at Doshisha University, Japan.
His research focused on conceptual art, pop art and minimal art
, as well as post-modernist theories by Jacques Derrida, Giles Deleuze and Roland Barthes. At the same time, he started studying fashion design himself, being influenced by Raf Simons, Martin Margiela and Hedi Slimane.

2009: He achieved BA art history and theory with a thesis about readymade by Marcel Duchamp, French artist.

2009: He entered the fashion course at Central Saint Martins, London.

2010: He interned for Louis Goldin, current knitwear designer of YEEZY by Kanye West.

2013: He achieved BA (hons) Fashion Design degree with First Class from Central Saint Martins.

2013: He progressed to MA Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins.

2013: He won Sarabande Scholarship by Alexander McQueen to study at MA Fashion, Central Saint Martins. The jury included Andrew Bolton, chief curator of Metropolitan Costume Institute.

2015: He progressed to Research Program (PhD / MPhil) at Central Saint Martins.

2015−16: Shinsuke was invited to work as a residence designer at Sarabande Foundation's Studio (Hertford Rd, Hackney) in London.

2017−19: Shinsuke won a scholarship from Japanese Art Council to research tailoring in London.

9: He was awarded Master of Philosophy by Central Saint Martins. His thesis was examined by Caroline Evans, fashion historian and professor of fashion history at CSM, Fabio Piras, fashion designer and director of MA fashion design department at CSM, Judith Clark, curator and professor of fashion and museuology at London College of Fashion, and Jonathan Faiers, thinker and professor of fashion thinking at Winchester School of art.

2020: He started his own brand SARTOGRAPH in Tokyo, Japan, aiming to empower creatives globally through fashion.

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