One of the biggest takeaways from my latest Tokyo trip was getting to know about Anrealage and having a sharing session with the designer Kunihiko Morinaga.

Kunihiko Morinaga was born in Tokyo in 1980.  He graduated from Waseda University and Vantan Design Academy, both of which are Japanese schools.  He started ANREALAGE in 2003, creating the name from a combination of words meaning ”real, unreal, and age.”

‘In 2005, he won the Avant-Garde Grand Prix at Gen Art 2005, a contest held in NewYork for new young designers.  In 2006 Spring/Summer season, he showed his 1st collection at the center of Tokyo Tower with the brand of Keisuke Kanda.  In 2009, to convet symbols into clothing, we showed installation about the theme of ”○△□” ”凹凸”.  The clothes were then peeled of the geometorical forms and transferred onto human bodies, to generate new forms.  This was an exploration in the possibilities that the most basic symbols have for clothing.  These clothes are on display at the museum named ‘Souvenier From Tokyo’ in The National Art Center Tokyo and art museum in Stockholm.’- Anrealage

He is a designer who is amazing in his conception of designs.  Going through his archives from his past collections, he is truly an artist with immense talent and creativity.

Some looks from his past collections:

A collection that consist of the full set of alphabets when laid flat, A to Z.

Breaking away from the conventional mould of clothing, he constantly challenges himself.  What’s really amazing is that the clothes, as conceptual as they are, are absolutely wearable.  Take for example the cube trench coat in the previous above.

This is how it looks on the hanger.  As mentioned, very wearable!

Love the attention to detail.  Even the buttons are created to fit the corners when assembled into a cube. How clever and meticulous!

I can go on and on about him, but this is just the beginning.  I will be writing more about Anrealage in time to come as it is truly the only brand that has given me goosebumps every time I just think of the name.

In the mean time, here’s something from his latest Autumn Winter 2011 collection.


X Alex

(Images from Anrealage and detail shots of trench coat from self.)

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