Thursday, 4 February 2010

rei kawakubo; challenging conventions

The designer behind the 'comme des garcons' label, kawakubo, studied philosophy at keio university in her native tokyo, and completely untrained as a fashion designer, but having studied fine arts and literature, she conveys her ideas verbally to her pattern makers!

Her formation of shape is so unique; the clothes are architectonic or sculptural,
and concentrate on structure rather than surface. Her refusal to obey accepted notions of silhouette and regular body forms create clothing which is unconcerned with what is beautiful or complimentary to the figure but rather alter our perceptions on what clothing can be: upside-down pockets, de-emphasized shoulders and extra-long sleeves... holes in sweaters become gashes in the bodices of evening dresses. jackets are dismantled and turned inside-out or put together in new ways

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