Japanese pop culture, artistic creativity and Italian excellence come together in the new Dolce & Gabbana X Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection. This collaboration was inspired by the paranormal world of Jujutsu Kaisen, one of the most popular Japanese manga/anime series.
The collection mixes DG flair with the unique art style of anime and Japanese street aesthetic as seen in the vibrant and modern districts of Tokyo – Shibuya and Harajuku (an anime otaku’s paradise).
The outlandish illustrations of the characters by Jujutsu Kaisen, anime director Sunghoo Park, gave them strong, recognizable identities that translate into distinctive garments and accessories within the collection. The t-shirts, sweatshirts and nylon jackets in cotton and jersey, personalized with screen printing, 3D digital prints and Japanese ideograms, offer a contemporary look.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, be sure to stop by the ZeroBase Shibuya Pop-up Store, where you’ll enter the world of Dolce & Gabbana X Jujutsu Kaisen in an immersive experience that allows customers to appreciate the uniqueness of the collection discover and view a special original illustration by Sunghoo Park on display.
The release of the film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 made history when it broke box office records in Japan and Taiwan. It even broke US box office records at #4th The highest-grossing anime film of all time. It was released theatrically in Japan in December 2021, in the United States in March 2022, and in other regions throughout 2022.
In Japan, Jujutsu Kaisen has had multiple collaborations with brands ranging from eyewear to snacks to a UT collection with Uniqlo, which I’ll talk about at the end of this article for those interested. Now, as a testament to just how big his franchise has grown, Jujutsu Kaisen gets his first-ever high fashion collaboration with Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
Jujutsu Kaisen follows in the footsteps of other mainstream anime titles that have also carved a place in the high fashion industry, such as B.: Maje X Sailor Moon (released on 26 X Vans, Uniqlo UT X Mobile Suit Gundam (Finaly Fantasy Collection launches May 16, 2022), Loewe X Studio Ghibli, Gucci X Doraemon, Gucci X One Piece, Longchamp X Pokemon , Coach X Michael B. Jordan X Naruto, Jordan X Zion X Naruto Sneakers (available now 2022) and Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure X Balcenciaga.
If you’re interested in reading more about these collaborations, be sure to check out my article: Best High Fashion Anime Clothing Collaborations: Coach X Michael Jordan X Naruto, Maje X Sailor Moon, Gucci X Doraemon, and More.
The official design of the shoe design of the Jordan X Zion X Naruto sneakers is talked about in the link.
The Jujutsu Kaisen attire reflects the character’s personalities and backstories
The collection features the main characters of the first season, the hero Yuji Itadori, and his classmates and best friends from the first year – Megumi Fushiguro and Nobara Kugisaki.
Second-year students Maki Zenin, Toge Inumaki and Panda are represented, as are teachers Kento Nanami and Satoru Gojo – “the strongest wizard in town”.
Each of these characters wear tailored outfits that reflect their unique personalities and highlight their complex backstories. For example, Yuji models a black and white tracksuit with a pattern resembling Sukuna’s markings.
Tomboy Nobara Kugisaki models a black mini skirt, black hoodie with DG monogram in red, and red and green rose pattern adding just a touch of femininity. The black lace-up ankle boots also have a floral pattern. With this outfit you immediately think of the saying: “Every rose has its thorns”, which was made famous in 1988 by the band Poison. Nobara Kugisaki may be a pretty young girl, but she definitely has her thorns!
Megumi Fushiguro models a black leopard print jacket with matching pants, red, purple, and black t-shirt, and red, purple, and black sneakers. The t-shirt and shoes feature the crest of Tokyo Jujutsu High School.
In the anime, Megumi uses cursed techniques in battle. His main ability is the Ten Shadows technique, which allows him to summon friendly cursed spirits that will fight his enemies. These “shikigami” take the form of animals, including Divine Dogs, Nue (an electric bird-like creature), a toad, a maximal elephant, and a large snake. The subtle leopard print is perfect for that “spiritual beast master”.
Kento Nanami, a former employee who worked 9-5, often wears a suit in manga and anime. Dolce & Gabbana decided to take its style up a notch. He models a neutral double breasted coat worn over a sky blue long sleeve turtleneck. Dolce & Gabbana also designed a sophisticated nature-themed brooch to match the chic ensemble.
For the sophisticated anime fashionista, may I suggest Maki Zen’in’s smart look. She models a white long sleeve shirt with jeweled buttons, black trousers, a black leather belt with the DG logo embellished with rhinestones and beads, and black patent leather ankle boots with toes adorned with fusible rhinestones.
Panda fans rejoice. Dolce & Gabbana has designed an adorable panda backpack!
Panda models the backpack along with a bucket hat that features the Tokyo Jujutsu High School crest.
For the male anime otaku who want to look as cool as Satoru Gojo, you’re in luck. Satoru Gojo models a black leather jacket with large DG logo, white t-shirt and mixed-material space sneakers that look like they’re straight out of a cyberpunk movie (Bladerunner maybe?).
The black blindfold that Satoru Gojo usually wears in the anime has been perfectly transformed into boxy sunglasses with a visor. The transformation is so accurate it reminds me of the movie Cool World where a comic book girl enters the “real world” and becomes human.
Be sure to check out all the other available products in the collection such as hoodies, track pants, graphic tees, tote bags, card cases and even phone cases.
The Dolce & Gabbana X Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection was made available at the end of April 2022, which means you can peruse the collection right away on their official website.
Uniqlo UT has a variety of anime collaborations
For those of you looking to rock the Jujutsu Kaisen style without breaking the bank, the Uniqlo UT X Jujutsu Kaisen 0 collection is worth a look! There’s a whole range of t-shirts inspired by the film. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is an original story of the JJK universe about love and a curse. Yuta Okkotsu is a high school student obsessed and troubled by the curse of Rika Orimoto – his childhood friend who was killed in a traffic accident. Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Tokyo Jujutsu High School, wants Yuta to enroll so he can learn cursed techniques and cast out curses.
My top pick is the black t-shirt that says “the curse”. The curse takes the form of a powerful monster (Rika) that will appear and attack enemies when Yuta is angered or in danger. However, Yuta doesn’t want to hurt anyone and even considers submitting to execution to rid the world of the monster, but the blindfolded teacher Gojo tells him that there is another way.
My second choice is a Satoru Gojo t-shirt.
A message from UT: “UT is a celebration of pop culture from around the world. Iconic classics and fan favorites are reintroduced in this exclusive collection of original artwork. From the fields of art, music, film and more, there is something that everyone can use to express who they are and how to wear and share what they love.”
Remember to keep an eye out for the upcoming Uniqlo UT X Final Fantasy collaboration! We’ll have more information about this collaboration on Anime Geek soon!