A design study exploring the ties between manga / anime and fashion design. Looking at world-building, historical references, and hidden ties.
001 — ACW • EVA
The term “Brittle” references both a sharpness and fragility while “Render” references both creation and acting. The collection seems to speak to protection in the layering of metallic paints, snorkel and shell-like hoods, and pieces that push away from the body to mold like protective gear.

In Episode 23, NERV’s contamination squad clean up the area after an Angel is defeated. The similarity in the hood design also speaks to protection against outside elements while supporting a spacious, self-contained environment for the wearer to live in.

We’ve seen references to facemasks in other shows like Rick Owens, but this one by Samuel Ross seems to take it to another level of distancing and protection.
The form language of the Foam Runners were polarizing upon first leaks, with many making fun of the alien-like shape designed by Steven Smith.

But the forms all serve a functional purpose. The thickness of the vamp prevents heavy creasing at the flex point, while the hole patterns create areas where the shoe can bend and breathe. The uniqueness of the form is very similar to the shape of the Ohmu fromNausicaä, with the eyes mimicking the holes on the vamp.

The Ohmu are giant insects that live within the Sea of Corruption, an area uninhabitable by humans. Their form is reminiscent of pillbugs and they molt periodically, leaving behind shells harder than ceramics with glass-like eyelids that can be harvested for weapons.
For his SS20 collection, Rick Owens explored his ancestral roots in Mexico for the first time. In particular, the Megalace series and the geometric lines were inspired by Josef and Anni Albers’ trip to Mexico after leaving the Bauhaus.

The clash of ancient Aztec architecture with the Albers’ reductive modernity created a blend between rawness and geometric shapes, seen clearly in the linear motifs in the collection. The fit and bondage-style straps of the pants mimic the uniforms of the Survey Corps in Attack on Titan, where their technology relies on dated but repurposed technologies.

After meeting with Marleyans, modern inventions like guns and explosives add onto their primitive way of fighting with grappling hooks. The contrast of the two mimic the exploration of the Albers’, highlighting a brutalist feel in both ancient and modern construction.
Acronym’s work with Sacai mashed both of their brands together, with Chitose Abe taking pieces like the J1A and SP28 and blending them with bomber jackets, trench coats, and the like. In particular, the cropped J1A [SAC-J6011] stood out as a key piece, coming out in the same year as the J1W-GTPL. It shared many of the same updates to details like the sleeve closure, but saw the proportions transformed to a new level.

The high crop and expansive volume enhanced some of the existing details of the J1 design — the JacketSling hangs down past the hem, the sleeve hitch tabs and sleeve closure transform the sleeve completely from its resting state.

In the looks, the pairing of the jacket with the P25-DS stood out with its extended proportions. Within the espada, Tier Harribel [Tres Espada] shares similar proportions with her high collar, highly-cropped jacket and drop-crotch pants. Acronym has always been designed for movement, and the dynamism of Tite Kubo’s style shows the movement of within every character’s poses.
The NG1 first released in FW 12-13, as a multi-clava made with Polartec and Acronym’s shuriken logo printed on the front. Sequentially, NG2 featured new graphics in a cashmere material. The NG3 introduced the center front zip, and finally the NG4 introduced a back zip for integration alongside jacket liners.

Techwear has always been compared to ‘ninja clothes,’ but the idea isn’t too far off. Modern outdoor wear defines techwear’s functional aspects, rather than fighting.

The Covert Ops is a unit led by the captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13, specializing in stealth. Their uniform also integrates a neck gaiter and shaved heads for anonymity. This panel in particular practically looks like Errolson’s clones in their Presto Corporation video, or his 3D form included with the ASUS project laptop.
Goopi is a Taiwanese retailer also known for their own line of clothing, Goopimade. Their range is known for utility cut with expansive volume, and this example is no different. This particular look comes from A/W21, featuring a kimono from that season and pants from the season prior.

The dropped shoulders and cropped hems create a pear-shape silhouette that’s unique in many of their designs. These two pair with a widely-draped body to emphasize the shape even further. While in the techwear space, Goopi makes more of the heritage outdoor and traditional Asian designs apparent in their pieces.

The Demon Slayer Corps uniform consists of a coat similar to a school uniform [gakuran] and pants similar to hakama worn during the Sengoku period influenced from the Portuguese traders [tattsuke-hakama]. The pants feature the typical wide cut for movement, but differ with an additional cuff attached to each hem to prevent dragging or catching. Typically, Corps members wear a light jacket on top with a unique pattern, also taken from the Sengoku period [haori].