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Van Hongo Designer


Izumi Hongo本郷いづみ

Designer Izumi Hongo was born in Tokyo and currently lives in Antwerp. After obtaining Master degrees from the fashion department of the Royal Academy Antwerp, and the architecture department of Waseda University, she started her own fashion brand Van Hongo. Izumi opened an atelier-shop in Antwerp in 2011. Since 2017, she engaged in textile design for architectural projects. In recent years, she specialized in the artistic installation of her special textiles.

‘Texture and structure’ are the main themes of her creations. The fact that she originally studied architecture reflects on her cross-over as these explore the boundaries between fashion and architecture. By developing original yarns, textiles and knitting/weaving techniques in close collaboration with manufacturers mainly in Japan and Belgium, Izumi realizes her innovative and unique designs and builds up the cross-over networks.



Van Hongo Atelier-shop

5 Aalmoezenierstraat 2000 Antwerp Belgium



Van Hongo Office

31 Prins Albertlei 2600 Antwerp Belgium

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Art Projects

2021 Space Knitting 1, Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp BE

2021 Curtain of Hope, Antwerp BE


2022 “Between fashion and architecture“  Waseda Publicity JP


Fashion Projects

Presenting every SS and AW collection in Paris and Tokyo

2019 Défilé during Tunis Fashion week  TU

2016 Costume for Manneken-pis   Brussels BE

2013 Défilé for 50year Belgium-Japan Chamber of Commerce Association  Brussels BE

2013 “50years of Antwerp Fashion Academy” exhibition  MOMU BE

2013 Défilé and exhibition, Design block, Prague Fashion week  CZ

2012 Presentation during the Business of Design Week Hong Kong  HK

2012 Presentation in the Fashion Museum  Hasselt BE

2011 “ART and Fashion” exhibition  Wolfsburg Art Museum  Wolfsburg DE

2010 Winner for the 3rd New Designers Award by Japan Fashion Week  JP

2010 “Culture Couture” exhibition  Tropen Museum   Amsterdam NL

2007 “Antwerp Fashion” exhibition  Flemish Parliament  Brussels BE

Architecture Projects

2023 Curtain design, Aoyama Twin Tower  Tokyo JP

2023 Knitted Panel, Stücheli Architekten Zurich CH

2022 Curtain design, Villa df   Waasmunster BE

2020 Curtain design, Kuroiso City Library, Tochigi JP

2019 Knitted interior fabric R&D project  JP

2019 Textile design  The Future House  Gent BE


2017- Start interior-textile design

2011- Start 'Van Hongo'

2010 MA of Fashion, Royal Academy Antwerp BE

2001-2005 Hakuhodo Advertisement Agency  Tokyo JP

2001 MA of Architect, Waseda University  Tokyo JP

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