On Fashion | Rei Kawakubo – DAMAGE Playground

On Fashion | Rei Kawakubo

Comme des Garçons Rei Kawakubo SPRING 2017 READY-TO-WEAR

"If any other designer released a statement saying she was thinking about “invisible clothes,” you’d leap to the conclusion that they were talking about seeing through some sort of sheer fabric to a naked body beneath (there’s been a lot of that about this season). But it was Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons who said this, while proceeding to construct a series of some of the biggest, most covered-up shapes ever to occupy a runway. Kawakubo continues to challenge almost everything about fashion, including whether her shows are actually “fashion” at all. To watch this parade of enormous, sculptural pieces was to wonder whether her subject might really be the invisibility of women, rather than clothes. In almost every case, the body, and sometimes the head, almost disappeared from sight within the perambulating structures. And yet, paradoxically, each of these was a female presence that occupied the most enormous amount of space."

-Sarah Mower for Vogue Runway, Sept 2016