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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Bolton, Andrew
248 pages
205 illustrations
AAM Publications Design Competition, Honorable Mention, Exhibition Catalogues (2018); BIGNY Book Show, Winner (2018); AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, Winner (2017); Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award, Honorable Mention in Popular Culture (2017)
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Widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past forty years, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons has defined and transformed the visual language of our time. Since her Paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion and transformed customary notions of the body, beauty and identity.

This lavishly illustrated publication weaves an illuminating narrative around Kawakubo's revolutionary experiments in interstitiality—the space between boundaries. Brilliant new photographs of more than 120 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons, accompanied by Kawakubo's commentary on her designs and creative process, reveal her conceptual and challenging aesthetic as never before. A chronology of Kawakubo's career provides additional context, and an insightful conversation with the author offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this fashion visionary.

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Bolton, Andrew, Andrew Bolton, and Rei Kawakubo. 2017. Rei Kawakubo: Comme Des Garçons: Art of the in-Between. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.