Rei Kawakubo (川久保 玲, 1942, Tokyo) is one of Japan leading fashion designers and the founder of Comme des Garçons.
After studying fine arts and literature at Keio University, she stated working in a textile company and later become a freelance stylist. Although she was untrained as a fashion designer, she established her own company and opened her first boutique in 1975 in Tokyo.
Comme des Garçons specialises in anti-fashion, mostly focusing on deconstructed garments. During her first years, Kawakubo’s designs were primarily in black, dark grey or white.
Concentrating on structure rather than surface the materials were often draped around the body and featured unfinished edges, holes and an asymmetrical shape in general, all together challenging the established standards of beauty. Her garments quickly set an aesthetic that caught on with the art crowd and influenced all of fashion.
Breaking the conventional rules, Kawakubo continues to push boundaries, merging fashion with art in the most amazing ways. Four decades later and she’s still at the front of fashion.
Kawakubo is also very involved in graphic design, advertising and shop interiors believing that all these things are a part of one vision. Her Aoyama boutique is known for its sloping glass façade. It used to be decorated with blue dots but it’s now a clean glass. The store was designed between Kawakubo and architect Takao Kawasaki. It has a very organic façade while inside it reminds you of an installation in a museum.
Good Design Shop is another store by Comme Des Garçons located in the Gyre Building (Omotesando).
Working together with d&department, this shop sells durable design items of a timeless nature from furniture to home electronics, office equipment and other household goods that are pretty simple in design but still very thoughtful.
Here, you can also get the “D Magazine” (Japanese/English) published by D&Department Project that targets design around Japan. http://www.d-department.com/jp/d-design-travel/
Worth a visit for design and fashion inspiration!
Trading Museum Comme des Garçons is another boutique in the Gyre building, located on 2F (sadly, I wasn’t allowed to take photos there).
Can’t get enough of Comme des Garçons? Head to Ginza and check Dover Street Market Ginza (DSMG) a breathtaking cutting edge boutique. Don’t forget to visit the Art Space on 1F and “Rose Bakery” the organic bakery/restaurant on 6F.
Comme des Garçons Flagship store: 5-11-5 Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, Tel.: 03-3407-2684, Official Website: http://www.comme-des-garcons.com/ // Gyre: 2F 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Tel 03-3406-2323 // Good Design Shop Official Website: http://www.d-department.com/jp/gooddesignshop/
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