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REI KAWAKUBO IS AN ARCHITECT OF FASHION
August 22, 2017
Written by: The MET
Photographed by: Lindsay Koffler
“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” examines nine expressions of “in-betweenness” in Kawakubo’s collections: Absence/Presence; Design/Not Design; Fashion/Antifashion; Model/Multiple; High/Low; Then/Now; Self/Other; Object/Subject; and Clothes/Not Clothes. It reveals how her designs occupy the spaces between these dualities which have come to be seen as natural rather than social or cultural and how they resolve and dissolve binary logic.
Defying easy classification themselves, her clothes expose the artificiality, arbitrariness, and “emptiness” of conventional dichotomies. Kawakubo’s art of the “in-between” generates meaningful meditations and connections as well as revolutionary innovations and transformations, offering endless possibilities for creation and re-creation.
“My clothes and the spaces they inhabit are inseparable —they are one and the same. They convey the same vision, the same message, and the same sense of values.”-Rei Kawakubo, 2017
“Things that have never been seen before have a tendency to be somewhat abstract, but making art is not my intention at all. All my effort is oriented towards giving form to clothes that have never been seen before." -2015
“I never give myself any boundaries or let them interfere with my work.” -2011
“Things that have never been seen before have a tendency to be somewhat abstract, but making art is not my intention at all. All my effort is oriented towards giving form to clothes that have never been seen before.” -2015
“I like to work with space and emptiness.” -Rei Kawakubo, 2000
“I wasn’t limited to the confines of a pattern. Not being educated, not being taught how to design, I was able to visualize in a completely different context. And I still seem able to draw upon the unconventional.” -1993
“The right half of my brain likes tradition and history, the left wants to break the rules.” -2005
“If we say ‘these are clothes,’ it’s all very usual, so we said ‘these are not clothes.’ It sounds like a Zen dialogue, but it is very simple.” 2014