Kunihiko Morinaga has built as strong following in his native Japan and a burgeoning international reputation for his cerebral designs. Born in Tokyo in 1980, Morinaga studied at Waseda University and the Vantan Design Institute. In 2003 Morinaga founded his brand Anrealage, The designer’s first showed in 2006, when he collaborated with fellow designer Keisuke Kada on a guerrilla show in Tokyo.
The designer’s work is progressive, intelligent and technologically literate. Morinaga told Italian Vogue, "I think that there is both a science technology and a human technology in technology. I am interested in making clothes by crossing over these two different technologies. I think that in any age, it is important to maintain a close relationship with the technology of that specific age. Combining the technology made by man's hands and the high technology made by the latest machines may be our future task.”
Each of Morinaga’s collections is germinated from the exploration of one particular theme. “Every season I have a singular concept I work with, but the most important underlying feature for me is that these are clothes that can be worn everyday, these are real clothes that can be worn by people to support them everyday.”
His Autumn/Winter collection was dubbed “Resolution in two dimensions,” the inspiration of which came from the idea that “Shape” can be changed not only by altering the size of an image, but also by shifting the resolution of it. “Shape breaks by lowering the resolution, so I pursued how to break it,” said the designer. In the past collections have explored “Bone,” and “Colour,” the latter of which saw models dressed in white parade down a runway lit by UV lights, to spectacular results.
In collaboration with Trident, Morinaga worked on a project dubbed Focus, which saw the designer develop phone signal repelling garments. Morinaga was inspired to develop the signal repelling garments after feeling the strain technology placed upon himself and others during fashion week.
The designer names Keisuke Kanda, Comme des Garcons, Undercover and Maison Martin Margiela as his primary inspirations.