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Anrealage: Trend Between the Actual and The Unreal World

Japanese trend designers have stepped out boldly into the worldwide limelight, displaying their acute sense of aesthetics all over the world. One of many nation’s younger trend designers who has clearly toppled the barrier between conventional and fashionable, standard and on-line, in addition to actual and imaginary is Kunihiko Morinaga. His model Anrealage (stylized as ANREALAGE), launched in 2003, immediately created a buzz within the trend world when he introduced his first assortment at Tokyo Trend Week in 2005. That very same yr, Morinaga obtained the Design Imaginative and prescient Award For Avant Garde at Gen Artwork .

Kunihiko Morinaga © Yoshimori Shinnosuke
Kunihiko Morinaga. Picture: ©Yoshimori Shinnosuke

In 2014, he introduced his first Paris Trend Week assortment. Since then, he is been an everyday attendee on the prestigious occasion. In 2015, he was chosen as a finalist for the ANDAM Trend Award and in 2019 for the LVMH Prize, the identical yr he gained the thirty seventh Mainichi Trend Grand Prix. For Milan Trend Week 2020, he collaborated with Fendi from Italy. He additionally designed the official uniform for the attendants of the Japan Pavilion at World Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Actual or Unreal Age of Anrealage

So, what makes Anrealage irresistibly enchanting? The model’s revolutionary strategy to attire ideology has crossed past analog and digital platforms by no means seen earlier than on the runway. The phrases “actual,” “unreal” and “age” coin collectively the title Anrealage. It signifies the will to design “actual” clothes for day by day put on and makes use of limitless dimensions and distinctive parts, particularly handcrafted work, conceptual shapes and modern expertise. All these options abide by the model’s mantra of “God is within the particulars” as confirmed by the last word consideration to materials, patterns, buttons, fastenings and tags, in addition to the inside of the shops.

“I attempted making the elements extra detailed — the smaller and smaller they grew to become, I discovered my very own floor ‘in particulars’ that isn’t simply achievable, that I needed to pursue solely. And that is the origin of my model,” Morinaga acknowledged in a earlier interview.

Anrealage 2021 Spring/Summer Collection Home
Anrealage 2021 Spring and Summer season Assortment Residence

Examples of the model’s ingeniously handcrafted work have been the primary seven seasons from the 2005-2006 Autumn and Winter Suzume No Namida Assortment to the 2008-2009 Autumn and Winter Mutyu Assortment. Morinaga envisioned patterns to brighten kimono outfits made by layered vintage attire, pressed flower fits composed of pressed flowers bonded to tweed with vinyl chloride and over 200 sorts of previous Japanese toy beads on the coats.

Anrealage is greatest identified for the interaction of geometric shapes. Garment types akin to spheres, triangular pyramids and cubes as prototypes caught collectively have been highlighted from the 2009 Spring and Summer season Assortment (ball, pyramid, dice) to the 2011 Spring and Summer season Air Assortment. The buttons have been additionally deformed at proper angles and elbow shapes contoured to match the form of the triangular pyramids. For the 2021 Spring and Summer season Assortment Residence, garments have been formed into spherical polyhedra, from tetrahedra to icosahedra and functioned as movable homes.

Anrealage 2022 Spring and Summer season Assortment Dimension. Picture ©Masaya Tanaka

Realage 2022-2023

The 2022 Spring and Summer season Assortment Dimension reveals Anrealage’s most mesmerizing digital showcase but, embodying cutting-edge expertise. On the assortment present, the clothes seem in a digital area between 2D and 3D, with CG avatar fashions strolling on a glass runway and floating within the air. Patchwork is seen on a flat floor and adjustments to 3D modeling and connects completely different surfaces and layers. Curved floral patterns additionally rework into straight flower motifs manufactured from polygons.

Within the 2022-2023 Autumn and Winter Assortment Planet, the attire line places a surrealistic spin on astronauts’ area fits symbolizing peace-seeking earthlings. The white and puffy attires are crammed with air, defending the physique. They seem to hop throughout the lunar floor. Particular high-tech Aerogel supplies initially developed by NASA, which have been utilized in JAXA’s spacesuits, are sandwiched between quilted cotton and polyester blends on baby-doll attire and coats, or inserted into the inflated volumes of jumpsuits, MA-1 bombers and varsity jackets . Designed to insulate towards excessive temperatures, the ultra-lightweight materials can shield towards the chilly all the way down to minus 196 levels Celsius.

“I proceed to consider in a dreamlike world the place residing in area turns into the norm. On a regular basis life on the Moon can be a future actuality,” says Morinaga.

Anrealage 2022-2023 Autumn and Winter Assortment Planet ©Masaya Tanaka

A Little bit of Thriller

Anrealage bursts with a thriller that Morinaga fondly dubs “sukoshi fushigi(a bit mysterious). One instantly senses the ingredient of shock marked by strikingly uncommon or weird “broad, brief, slim and lengthy” silhouettes. By injecting new makes use of of expertise, fairly than new expertise itself, Morinaga is ready to uncover the important worth in including one thing inventive to on a regular basis conditions the place clothes are worn.

“I’ve all the time thought-about how we go on unaware of the unrealistic, unordinary issues in our lifelike day by day lives. They are often extraordinarily small, like a button or a bit of undesirable cloth and are sometimes known as ‘detailed’ issues. I consider in creating these unrealistic issues by way of trend. And there exists the very nature of high quality we pursue,” Morinaga says.

Featured and high picture: Anrealage 2022 Spring/Summer season Assortment Dimension.