First published: Fall 2014
Rei Kawakubo is best known for the innovative, category-defying clothes she has created for her signature Comme des Garçons label, which she established in her native Japan in 1969, but to call her a fashion designer is to overlook the broad scope of the influence she also has had on such overlapping fields as graphic design, textile and fragrance development, and retailing. Her company’s name (French for “like some boys”) is synonymous with radical experimentation, whether in the irregular shapes and novel textures of her garments or the treasure-trove atmosphere of her unpredictable pop-up shops and international chain of Dover Street Market stores. This year, Kawakubo has collaborated with Raw Vision, creating a look for Comme des Garçons’ graphic/visual programme inspired by outsider art and the magazine’s colourful pages.
Portrait © Comme des Garçons Co. Ltd, photo Eiichiro Sakata
This is an article extract; read the full article in Raw Vision #83