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Innovative Japanese fashion by ANREALAGE

Innovative Japanese fashion by ANREALAGE

My youngest sister is very much into the Japanese culture and as a result some of her interest has poured through to me. We find ourselves watching the odd documentary on NHK Network, regarding various aspects of Japanese life and culture, including fashion.

Today we came across some very interesting examples of Japanese designers pushing the boat in terms of producing something new, innovative, creative and artistic! The design house ANREALAGE has created some very unique collections and is headed by Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Mohinara.

I want to firstly mention one of his previous collections (AW 2011/2012) where he took the concept of pixel display to a whimsical level in use with outlines and prints on his garments. It looks quite fun, unique and yet stylish. Here are some stills from a video of the catwalk which is available to view here: http://www.tokyofashionfilm.com/pages/anrealage_2011aw_collection.html

AW 2011-12 collection by ANREALAGE, Japanese Fashion
AW 2011-12 collection by Kunihiko Mohinara for ANREALAGE

What really caught my eye and interest was ANREALAGE’s most recent, AW 2013/2014 collection. Part of this collection was based on an innovative presentation of colour on garments. The models walked down wearing head to toe white, walked to the middle of the stage where there was a circular turntable and stood here. The turntable started to rotate 360 degrees and slowly the colours on the garments appeared. The garments changed to become blocks of colour, some containing patterns in pastel shades of pink, yellow, and blue. At first I thought it was just the lighting that was changing as a sort of projection on to the clothes. Then the commentator mentioned that the garments are actually made with photocronic textiles containing compounds which respond to UV light. I guess it’s similar to those reaction lenses you have on glasses where they become sunglasses as soon as you’re in the sun. But this idea is brilliant. It’s responsive and interactive!

AW 2013-14 collection by Kunihiko Mohinara for ANREALAGE
AW 2013-14 collection by Kunihiko Mohinara for ANREALAGE

Watch the video to see the effects in action:

Some of these clothes look cool even in plain white. I think this method of showcasing the clothes in all white at first forces the audience to appreciate the cuts, shapes and styles of each piece before hitting home the effect that colour can have on their appreciation of it. Fashion is an art form which sometimes is taken for granted. We all do it as it’s a bit of a commodity, daily necessity and sometimes a luxury to look for, buy and own new clothes and accessories.

A designer has so much to fulfill, the creation of something that appeals on an aesthetic level as well as in it’s fit to the human body. Therefore the cutting, stitching, wearing of the garments becomes a huge responsibility. This really comes through when you see each piece on the catwalk as a blank white foundation, the basis on which colours enhance the design.

Sahand Hesamiyan – Sculptor of Islamic Art

Any readers who have visited my previous blog may recognise the name Sahand Hesamiyan as an artist whose sculptures I have previously blogged about. Hesamiyan’s latest sculpture, Sulook, is currently being exhibited at The Third Line gallery in Dubai, UAE, and so I feel the need to revisit his work and express why I like it so much.

Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Sulook (maquette) by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

Sahand Hesamiyan is an Iranian Sculptor who uses geometric shapes to build sculptures creating a 3D representation of the patterns and spaces they can produce. Sculpture is a favourite area of art for me when combined with this practice as I’ve always been fascinated with how patterns are created and transformed especially by our own motion within a given exhibition space. These types of sculptures create illusions too. In the case of Sulook you can grasp the impression of an eternity being displayed through the required use of mathematics producing continued rows of shapes that fit perfectly together. Within this post you’ll see exclusive photos provided by Hesamiyan (thanks so much!) conveying many aspects of the intricately built work…

Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan at The Third Line gallery, Dubai, UAE
Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Close-up of Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

 

by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012 Steel, UV Color, and Black Light 417x190x190 cm
Close-up of Sulook by Sahand Hesamiyan, 2012
Steel, UV Color, and Black Light
417x190x190 cm

The construction of this piece and how it appears when looking into the centre reminds me very much of the Muqarnas feature used uniquely in Islamic Architecture. It is formed by what appears to be many small domes carved out of plaster or stone. Muqarnas has been used beautifully for the interiors of many a Mosque dome and also at the head of plinths and connecting arches. There are some examples of Muqarnas and an explanation of how they are constructed on Eric Broug’s ‘Broug Atelier‘ site.

Here is a classic example of the Muqarnas featured within an arched alcove in the famous Royal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran:

Image of Muqarnas at The Rpyal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran
Image of Muqarnas at The Royal (Imam) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran (image taken from: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/arc/ind/1_primer/questions/xdec_eng.htm, 30-01-13)

If you’d like to read more on Sahand Hesamiyan’s art work then please visit his site: http://www.sahandhesamiyan.com/exhibitions-solo/sulook/