The Radical Success of Comme des Garçons

Rei Kawakubo, the Japanese creator of the label Comme des Garçons, is regarded as one of the most influential designers in modern fashion. Known for her voluminous, monochromatic, and architectural silhouettes, Kawakubo makes designs that appear to be more concerned with novelty and sparking interest and dialogue than with straightforward attraction or luxury. Ever since her breakthrough into global fashion in the Eighties, her following has been ardent and loyal. Even so, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s major retrospective of her work, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” is striking: the first retrospective of a living designer since its showcase of Yves Saint Laurent thirty years ago.
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