Clothing is Wearable Medicine (Reiko Tsurumaru Atelier)
Reiko Tsurumaru is a fashion designer. Born in 1956 in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, she currently resides in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. After working in haute couture at Givenchy, Tsurumaru founded a private-label company in the city of Oita, Japan. Since 1989, she has specialized in clothing for people with disabilities. Tsurumaru is the creator of the “Tsurumaru Diagramming Method” and directs considerable energy toward the training of the next generation in her field. She holds patents for a number of health care and social welfare-related products and has served as a lecturer at graduate schools and junior colleges. Tsurumaru is the Vice President of the National Association for Fashion for Persons with Disabilities and has been awarded Meister status by the Zengiren (National Federation of Skilled Workers). She was the recipient of the 50th Eiji Yoshikawa Cultural Award.
Reiko Tsurumaru has been working to create haute couture clothing for people with disabilities. She reexamines the physical characteristics of people with disabilities to create a one-of-a-kind sense of fashion that fits people of any body type. Her unique method, which measures 46 points on the body, creates a comfortable fit that suits an individual's body shape, allowing them to enjoy fashion without discrimination. So far, Tsurumaru has made more than 1,000 pieces of clothing. The clothes she designs not only expand the possibilities of clothing but also encourage the joy of living and bring health and happiness to those who wear them.