By  on May 5, 2008

TOKYO — The Japan Creation Institution, which launched last month, will introduce a new collections program at the seventh Japan Fashion Week, to be held Sept. 1 to 7, and the eighth Japan Fashion Week, from March 9 to 14.

The venues are still to be determined. Both events will spotlight the institution's new human resource development program.

The new Designer Fashion Awards will be held Sept. 5, 2009, while for textiles, JFW Japan Creation 2009 spring shows will be held April 23 to 25 and the JFW Japan Creation fall season will take place Oct. 15 to 17. For apparel, the JFW International Fashion Fair will have exhibitions in July and January.

The group's yearly budget for this year is 1.2 billion yen, or $11.9 million at current exchange, of which half is a subsidy from the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation. The remainder of the budget is from donations and other sources.

Some 52 companies are expected to become members of the organization. The group reported that of the budget, a third will be used for the new collections program, a third for the textile program, 100 million yen for the h.r. development/support program and the remainder for public relations and the institutional management fee. The program will continue to support younger designers, but reduce support for major houses. It also plans a new talent project for the eighth JFW period, with details to be released later.

Akira Baba, administrative director of JFW Creation Institution, noted, "We managed [putting the] past six collections together with government and private companies. As we went through each program, the contents became fuller. Now that we have this new institution, we hope to be able to become self-sufficient without governmental support in the near future."

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