Design House Comme des Garçons Japanese
Designer Rei Kawakubo Japanese

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Since founding Comme des Garçons ("like some boys") in 1969, the Tokyo-based designer Rei Kawakubo has consistently defined and redefined the aesthetics of our time. Season after season, collection after collection, she upends conventional notions of beauty and disrupts accepted characteristics of the fashionable body.
This ensemble, an iteration of designs presented in Kawakubo’s spring/summer 1985 collection “Mud-Dyed", exemplifies the designer’s work after 1979, when she abandoned her previous references and decided to “start from zero,” or to create clothes that had never been seen before in fashion. The collection, among her first presented to Western audiences in Paris, featured a consistent black and white palette, outsized silhouettes, asymmetry, and mud-dyed fabrics. The designs elicited extreme reactions from critics owing to their repudiation of the fashionable ideals of the period.

Ensemble, Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), linen, synthetic, leather, mother-of-pearl, Japanese

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