Rei Kawakubo: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Jumper Jumper (1982) by Kawakubo, ReiThe Victoria and Albert Museum

'This outfit is typical of the predominantly black collections produced during the early 1980s by Rei Kawakubo.'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Fashion/Antifashion focuses on Kawakubo's early 1980s collections, which elicited extreme reactions from critics when they were shown in Paris, owing to their repudiation of many prevailing canons of Western fashion. In terms of Kawakubo's aesthetic of "in-betweenness," these works are significant for introducing the concepts of mu (emptiness), expressed through the monochromatic--principally black--color palette, and ma (space), embodied in the outsize, shapeless, loose-fitting garments that create excess space between skin and fabric, body and clothing.'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Design/Not Design explores Kawakubo's intuitive approach to garment making.'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'East/West Male/Female Child/Adult Self/Other highlights Kawakubo's exploration of hybrid identities that blur the boundaries of conventional definitions of culture, gender, and age.'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Kawakubo regards her fashions and their environments as a Gesamtkunstwerk, or "total work of art."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Abstraction/Representation features Invisible Clothes, which Kawakubo considers "the clearest and most extreme version of Comme des Garçons."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'At the same time, she has said, "I have no desire to make my own designs into messages addressing the issues of our world."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Kawakubo explained, "When the natural movements of dance are repelled and refuted, you get new forms."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Early in her career, Kawakubo explained, "I work around the figure, but I am never limited by what the figure has to be."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'At the time of its making, Kawakubo declared, "I am an adult delinquent to the end."'

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017/2017) by Rei KawakuboThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Beyond her pursuit of "newness," Kawakubo exhibits several other preoccupations of avant-garde modernism.'

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