The Fashion Folk S02 ep10 : Yuki Torii, Torii Fashion, [Paris]
Interview with Yuki Torii
As a child, Yuki Torii had ambitions of becoming a painter. Pattern and color had always excited her, and when she became a professional designer in the early 1960s, her approach always began with the textile or color, with a defined choice of palette that ranged from pastels to brights. These bold, vivid color have been an enduring and recognizable quality in Torii's work. One distinctive collection was autumn/winter 1986, which mixed rigorously colored tartans and checks for menswear, womenswear, and childrenswear. The collection consisted of lively, wearable separates; oversize tartan shirts, tartan trousers, and comfortable cardigans for men; long tartan flounced skirts for women, teamed with long, skinny rib jumpers or oversized Argyle patterned sweaters; tartan pinafore dresses for girls and a weatherbeaten, mountaineering look for boys, layering tartan overshirts over tartan Levi-style jackets.
Torii: Fashion is very important for women in their daily life as fashion changes your mood.
Torii: Fashion creates the way you view your life, your everyday life.
Torii: As a child Yuki Torii had ambitions of becoming a painter. Pattern and colour had always
excited her and when she became a professional designer in the early 1960’s her approach always
began with a textile or colour, with a defined choice of palate that ranged from pastels to brights.
These bold, vivid colours have been an enduring and recognisable quality in Torii’s work.
Torii: I was destined to become a painter and at one stage I had to choose between fashion and
painting. I decided on fashion.
Torii: I am the third generation in the fashion business and her daughter is now in the same way
and following her way, yes, fourth generation.
Torii: It’s not couture, it’s … Paris people say that it suits quite Parisian coming from the Japanese
sensibility but defined in a Parisian way.
How does Madame come up with the inspiration for a collection?
Torii: Well my expression comes from everyday life.
Well what is the inspiration of this collection?
Torii: Well you see theme of this collection is airy, light and air, something very light and graceful
Torii: Because I used to come into Paris when I was a teenager and the Paris is the place where the
talent is very severely judged.
Torii: Of course I get inspiration from Paris from my stay in Paris, but my inspiration it comes
from Tokyo also.
Torii: Her schedule is already very tight because she has to present the collection in Paris and then
10 days after she presented the same collection so she is the only Japanese designer to present in
Paris and in Tokyo at the same time, in the one season, during the last 30 years you know.
Torii: Of course I do many accessories, sunglasses and I just created eau de cologne and au de
Is this important for a fashion house today to have accessories?
Torii: Well I think accessories are getting very, very important and this time for my collection I
put the you know many accessories, how to say, necklaces with ethnic taste for the urban wear.
Torii: My message is that the women could live happily every day because of the fashion.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Yuki Torii, Torri Fashion, Paris