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Design House:
Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969)
Designer:
Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942)
Date:
fall/winter 1994–95
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold Koda, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.571a, b
Not on view
Honoring the tradition of the man's suit while literally tearing it apart, Kawakubo assaults the suit, tearing at the lapels into the aftermath of a ripping, gnashing struggle. The soigné sartorial catalogue of "suitings" is rendered raw, in a Levi-Strauss sense, and brutal, basic, and visible as a fashion process.
Marking: [label] "Comme des Garçons/Homme Plus"
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