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

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1, 2017 - Design - 248 pages

 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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Contents

Foreword
7
A Note
8
Art of the InBetween
10
A Conversation
17
FASHION ANTIFASHION
24
DESIGN NOT DESIGN
44
MODEL MULTIPLE
60
THEN NOW 68 Past Present Future
68
CLOTHES NOT CLOTHES 148 Form Function
148
BeautifulGrotesque
158
WarPeace
168
LifeLoss
178
FactFiction
188
OrderChaos
198
AbstractionRepresentation
208
QuoteUnquote
218

BirthMarriageDeath
76
HIGH LOW 86 Elite CulturePopular Culture
86
Good TasteBad Taste
92
SELF OTHER 98 EastWest
98
MaleFemale
108
ChildAdult
120
OBJECT SUBJECT
130
Chronology
228
Collection Titles
238
Sources
240
Acknowledgments
241
Photograph Credits
244
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