NEW TOME: Costume National’s creative director Ennio Capasa is presenting his first book at Milanese luxury shopping mecca 10 Corso Como on Friday. Titled “A New World,” the book, published by Italian company Bompiani, is focused on the two years Capasa spent in Tokyo in the Eighties. “I’ve never thought of writing a biography. Actually, I tried to tell a story. I’ve tried to give the impression of having a video camera in my hands,” said Capasa, who was 20 when he left his native Apulia in 1983 to move to Japan, where he worked for two years as part of Yohji Yamamoto’s design team.

Written in a very individual and rhythmic style, the book, which is currently available only in Italian but is expected to be translated into English soon, collects a range of episodes and touches on very personal aspects of Capasa’s life. These include his tight relationship with his family as well as the very different loves and sexual experiences he had in Japan, which, as the book’s title underscores, felt part of a completely different, new world for the young Capasa.

This story first appeared in the September 12, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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