Noir Kei Ninomiya black shirt with laser cut-outs and destroyed knit appliqués — fall 2013€139.00 Add to cart
Comme des Garçons Girl white t-shirt with faux fur front — AD 2018€79.00 Add to cart
Noir Kei Ninomiya black shirt with knit flowers and thread fringes — spring 2017
Ann Demeulemeester black and white bird print vest with standing neckline — spring 2010€179.00 Add to cart
Ann Demeulemeester white shirt with curved hem panel and buttoned collar
Maison Martin Margiela golden green jumper with pleats creating a tartan — spring 1992€1599.00 Add to cart
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About Rei Kawakubo
Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer, however, she didn’t study fashion but fine arts and literature at Keio University in Tokyo.
After graduation, she worked as a stylist before launching her label Comme des Garçons. Going against the 1980s super feminine look, she sent an all black, deconstructed collection on the runway, dubbed “anti-fashion” and “Hiroshima Chic” by easily shocked and insensitive journalists.
During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black and dark grey or white. By the time of her Paris debut in 1981, Kawakubo was so famous that her fans were dubbed ‘the crows’ in the Japanese press.
Comme des Garçons kept on growing, evolving into a Comme de Garçons ‘world’ with about 20 distinct lines. This also gave Rei Kawakubo the possibility to give employees their own line, like Junya Watanabe, (the now discontinued) Tao Kurihara en the recently added Noir by Kei Ninomiya.
Kawakubo specializes in anti-fashion; producing deconstructed garments, which are draped around the body in an asymmetric shape, making them look awkward and uncomfortable. The hems are often unfinished and frayed.
Rei Kawakubo is reclusive and doesn’t give many interviews, she let’s her creations speak for themselves. She is know as a fashion icon and influence for designers like Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Helmut Lang which have all name checked Kawakubo as an inspiration.