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Une fille pas Comme des Garçons
Betts Kate, July 16, 2018
Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
 
Born in Tokyo in 1942, she studied literature and philosophy at the prestigious Keio University in her native Tokyo before working as a stylist, but was never formally trained in fashion design or 'clothes making' as she prefers to call it. Commes des Garcons was founded in 1969 as a way to supplement her income (and a men's line was added in 1978), but it wasn't until 1981 that she sprang to fame with her first Paris presentation. A shock to the West at that time, Kawakubo's approach directly challenged the era's fixation with a commercially-conceived expression of glamour. The 1981 collection was dubbed 'Hiroshima chic' for its domination of black.

Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
 
Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
Rei Kawakubo_Comme des Garçons Ready-to-wear Winter 07-08
 
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