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ALICE AUAA JAPANESE GOTH BOUTIQUE IN MARUI ONE: DECONSTRUCTED BDSM FETISH CLOTHING DESIGNER, TOKYO INTERIOR STORE DESIGN.


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On the fifth floor of Marui One Shinjuku – behind the sea of glorious Gothloli shoes – there is a discombobulating René Magritte dreamscape. Wait, what?

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Ceci n’est pas une pipe. This is not a Japanese avantgarde minimalist display.

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Believe it or not, it’s the Alice Auaa boutique. In the old Marui, the much-lauded designer’s deconstructed-Gothic designs were also concealed (here’s a photo for comparison) and guarded by tortured gargoyles. The new shop’s interior design amps up the surrealism: you weave between floating white doors until you meet a limb-less female. She sticks out her tongue in ecstasy as she is auto-erotically asphyxiated by an Alice Auaa scarf.

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This fellow reminds me of my pre-teen years, when I wore headgear to straighten my buckteeth. Alice Auaa’s S&M and fetish-influenced accessories are strewn on a table held up by Thing. Whether or not you like her clothes, you’ve got to visit Alice Auaa’s surrealist store. It’s easy to miss so look hard!

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  1. Posted June 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    That food picture reminds me of mr frosty! Haha, I remember when everyone was obsessed with it, I never had one *tear*

    The shop looks amazing, especially the first mannequin/erotic gargoyle.

  2. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    That food picture reminds me of mr frosty! Haha, I remember when everyone was obsessed with it, I never had one *tear*

    The shop looks amazing, especially the first mannequin/erotic gargoyle.

  3. Posted June 29, 2009 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Hey! Those doors weren't there when I was there earlier this year. It makes it more interesting; I still prefer the other store though, which was much darker.

  4. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Those doors weren’t there when I was there earlier this year. It makes it more interesting; I still prefer the other store though, which was much darker.

    • Posted June 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      I walked RIGHT by these doors on my first visit to the new Marui! It’s really easy if you aren’t looking closely. I wonder if the store was added later; when were you last in Tokyo?

  5. Posted June 29, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Firstly, that shop looks great! I'd love to weave through it. <3

    And next, I do apologise, I can be nitpicky… However, the hand is 'Thing', 'Cousin It' was covered in fur! lol I loved those films as a kid, and Morticia has been an idol of mine (and should definately be considered a gothic lolita's ideal, not in fashion, but in attitude).

  6. Posted June 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Firstly, that shop looks great! I’d love to weave through it. <3

    And next, I do apologise, I can be nitpicky… However, the hand is 'Thing', 'Cousin It' was covered in fur! lol I loved those films as a kid, and Morticia has been an idol of mine (and should definately be considered a gothic lolita's ideal, not in fashion, but in attitude).

    • Posted June 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      Hahaha oh goodness, you’re absolutely right. Mental slip-up. Edited! :)

  7. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha oh goodness, you're absolutely right. Mental slip-up. Edited! :)

  8. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I walked RIGHT by these doors on my first visit to the new Marui! It's really easy if you aren't looking closely. I wonder if the store was added later; when were you last in Tokyo?

  9. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I went there too a couple years ago!
    I loved this store! the clothing was really amazing. When you entered, the interior made you want to whisper. The entrance had no sign on it too!

  10. Posted June 29, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    All stores should be like that – an Experience. A surprise to the senses. I often visit stores for the design, rather than the clothes!

  11. Posted June 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I went there too a couple years ago!
    I loved this store! the clothing was really amazing. When you entered, the interior made you want to whisper. The entrance had no sign on it too!

    • Posted June 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      All stores should be like that – an Experience. A surprise to the senses. I often visit stores for the design, rather than the clothes!

  12. Posted June 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I like going in this store but I've never bought anything in there!

  13. Posted June 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I like going in this store but I’ve never bought anything in there!

  14. Posted June 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    That store looks really amazing! It's erotic in a sort of slow, quiet way (but somewhere far in the background it looks like its screaming).

  15. Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    That store looks really amazing! It’s erotic in a sort of slow, quiet way (but somewhere far in the background it looks like its screaming).

    • Posted June 30, 2009 at 7:10 am | Permalink

      You’ve got to check it out the next time you’re in Tokyo!!

  16. Posted June 30, 2009 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    You've got to check it out the next time you're in Tokyo!!

  17. Posted June 30, 2009 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    That store looks really amazing! It's erotic in a sort of slow, quiet way (but somewhere far in the background it looks like its screaming).

  18. Posted June 30, 2009 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    You've got to check it out the next time you're in Tokyo!!

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