Rei Kawakubo by Paul Van Riel, 1982

"The machines that make fabric are more and more making uniform, flawless textures.

Rei Kawakubo.  (川久保 玲, Kawakubo Rei, born 11 October 1942 in Tokyo) is a Japanese fashion designer, founder of Comme des Garçons.

Rei Kawakubo, Rei of light

The Kyoto Costume Institute - Sweater and Skirt Comme des Garçons Autumn/Winter 1983

Comme Des Garcons (Japanese, founded 1969), Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942). Ensemble, spring/summer 2013, Prêt–à–Porter. Ensemble: machine–sewn ivory cotton twill and canvas with white elastic and hand–gathered and –sewn attachments; skirt: machine–sewn, hand–pleated ivory cotton twill. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

Comme des Garçons S/S 2013 RWT Rei Kawakubo ensemble of machine–sewn ivory cotton twill and canvas with white elastic and hand–gathered and –sewn attachments;

Inspiration Images for Subtraction Pattern Cutting | The Cutting Class. Comme des Garçons from Jane Magazine August 1998

Ann Demeulemeester Belgian fashion designer Audrey in Ann Demeulemeester Dress, photographed by Satoshi Saikusa for Jane Magazine, 1998

“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” features more than 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects will be organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of “the in-between” in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. #MetKawakubo #TheMet…

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

Rei Kawakubo  (founder of Comme des Garçons). S/S 1991 photo by Irving Solero

Rei Kawakubo, Rei of light

Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons. red silk taffeta, Spring–Summer 1991 [Collection of the Museum at FIT] Photography: Irving Solero

Rei Kawakubo raids the furnishings for what to wear, come the Revolution…

#SuzyPFW: Comme des Garçons: 18th-Century Punk

See all the Collection photos from Comme Des Garcons Autumn/Winter 2016 Ready-To-Wear now on British Vogue

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