TOKYO — Miuccia Prada is always thinking about the future — and it's taken her to a world where humans and their clones are at war.
The designer has provided costumes for the Japanese animated film "Appleseed: Ex Machina," directed by Shinji Aramaki. This is the first time she has designed costumes for the movies.
Prada created two costumes for heroine-warrior Deunan Knute. "Ex Machina" is the sequel to the animated movie "Appleseed," which was released in 2004. The story is based on a comic series by Masamune Shirow, staged in a future city-state, and is a cyber-punk movie whose main theme is the love and conflict between humans and bioroids (cloned humans). The previous movie became famous for its use of the new technique called "3D Live Animation," which was neither two-dimensional cell animation, as in conventional animated films, nor full computer-generated animation. Prada offered to do the costumes because she was inspired by the previous production.
"Watching the previous 'Appleseed,' I thought that the expression of contrast in man and machine, violence and love was wonderful," the designer said at a press conference here earlier this month. "I designed something contemporary that matches the movie's feelings."
Clearly Prada has the subject on her mind: The theme of her fall 2006 collection was "Metropolitan Armor," a seeming link between her clothes and the film.
Coincidently, in "Ex Machina," Mana Ota, who was the model in Miu Miu's fall 2006 ad campaign, plays a vocalist for one of the numbers performed in the movie.
The film will be released in Japan on Oct. 20 via Toei Co. Ltd., and will be distributed through Warner Home Video in about 90 other countries, including the U.S.
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