Classicism was replaced with manga comics
and Japanese ﬁlms
Top marks for originality from Konrad Mühr. With hindsight,
a collection based around manga seems an obvious notion,
but if so, why haven’t more done it?
Mühr’s concept is a logical step from the
popularity of Japonism in fashion. Classicism was replaced with
manga comics and Japanese films with a collection of pseudo-oriental
clothing that he christens ‘Angawa Saki’.
Like the comic artist’s pen, the lines here are
straight and angular, though this is more a Mühr trademark
than one specifically inspired by manga.
Exaggerated lettering (‘#1’ appeared on one shirt),
knee pads and large collars paid homage to the manga universe.
Blacks, khakis and browns were staple colours,
with the designs distinguished more by their fabrics and appliqués.
Mühr claimed in his press material that the
trousers, skirts and dresses incorporate a ‘new concept of patterning,
moulding themselves to the body without losing their looseness’.
This was done by mixing materials, namely high-tech fabrics (not
specified) and virgin wool.
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PHOTOGRAPHS: Konrad Mühr and his manga-inspired