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Undercover x Neon Genesis Evangelion Collaboration for FW21 Runway

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Melanie Kwok
April 14, 2021

Jun Takahashi’s high fashion label Undercover has collaborated with cult favorite anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion for their Fall/Winter 2021 collection. This collaboration could not have come at a better time, as the anime from the 90s has recently just released the much anticipated final movie, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.

Jun Takahashi’s high fashion label Undercover has collaborated with cult favorite anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion for their Fall/Winter 2021 collection. This collaboration could not have come at a better time, as the anime from the 90s has recently just released the much anticipated final movie, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.

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The sci-fi anime depicts a post-apocalyptic Earth being regularly attacked by giant aliens called “Angels” and humanity turns to equally gigantic robotic humanoid machines known as “Evangelions”, piloted by children, to defend itself.  

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The design elements of the FW21 collection are drawn from the much beloved robots and plugsuits of the main character pilots such as Shinji Ikari, Asuka Shikinami Langley and Rei Ayanami. The show’s womenswear portion was aptly soundtracked with a haunting original remix of Radiohead’s iconic track “Creep” by Thom Yorke himself.

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“The theme is of a person who is frail and weak but has a truly pure heart.”
— Jun Takahashi
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The main highlights of the collection is a series of outfits in colorways and details that match the central robots of the series, including the EVA Unit-00, EVA Unit-01 and EVA Unit-02. They each received their own headwear, puffer jackets, parkas, and gloves.

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The most easily recognizable is the main robot Unit-01’s iconic purple puffer jacket with black, green, and yellow accents and detailing. Some of the outfits were paired with matching headgear modeled after the EVA Units silhouette and even complete with LED lights for its eyes. There are also more subtle designs available such as a parka with simple minimalist graphics printed on the front.

“I was expressing the worries and anxieties that individuals carry every day and the hope of what lies ahead…it probably doesn’t seem to directly link to clothing design, but I wanted to put the complicated emotional state of society into a physical form. This is what I considered while designing.”
— Jun Takahashi
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While the Evangelion segment was between a pajamas and womenswear segment, they definitely stole the show. These clothes seem to toe the line between fashion and cosplay with its intriguing and strange silhouettes, but it IS also a high fashion runway show.

Melanie is a contemporary art enthusiast, writer and cultural research strategist whose practice explores the areas inbetween art, design, commerce and the cult of collecting.