I first heard about the innovative and exponentially growing Japanese designer Kuniko Morinaga (of Anrealage) years ago. I was at a cash only, pop-up sale of overstock of European fashion magazines, end-of-the-bolt yards of colorful fabric and random knick knacks of button filled ziplock baggies.

Flipping through a F/W 2011-2012 prĂȘt-Ă -porter issue of gappress, a purposely pixilated collection caught my eye, compelling me to hide the magazine in my stack to later feed my eyes.


Anrealage (a combination of real, unreal, age) is a conceptually interesting, forward thinking yet thoughtfully wearable brain child of Kuniko Morinaga since 2008. It was unreal that I was able to see his latest innovations in his first showing in a week long exhibit in Toronto inspired by technology distractions and the creative solutions for it. 

Before entering the gallery, the mood was set with white exterior walls with radiating black lines drawing you into the door. 

And upon walking in, a floating, transparent sign gave you an introduction to the show that would follow. 

All garments were made with radio cancelling fabric. Once storing your phone into the pockets, all service is unavailable, leaving you distraction free. 
While some might ask, "Why on Earth would I want to be cut off from my phone?"
The curator told me that many guests wanted to know if these garments were available for sale. At this moment, they are not. They are more of a statement to focus on life and less on technology, but who knows what Morinaga decides in the future.

The following collection was made with non-traditional methods such as seamless tailoring and laser cut patterns. 


My favorite look of the room. Using laser printed designs and radio frequency cancelling material, this reflective dresses completely lights up when photographed with flash, revealing a different graphic  look altogether.

Laser cut circular patterns

Traditionally outerwear garments protect us from harsh storm conditions. Making these garments from the radio sheilding fabrics protects us from the "storm of information", explains Morinaga.

Completely lined blazer. The wrinkles indented in the fabric is telling to the make of it. The viewer gets the impression of flatness, a 2D quality to a 3D art.

Though viewers are forbidden to touch any of the displayed looks, they have the opportunity to try out the pouches made of the innovative fabric. 

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The making of Focus, a really inspiring look at how Morinaga developed the garments

How much of a social media addict are you? Would you wear a garment made of radio shielding fabric?