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

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By Andrew Bolton 

Photography by Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez & Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Brigitte Niedermair, Paolo Roversi, and Collier Schorr

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition.

''What I've only ever been interested in are clothes that one has never seen before, that are completely new, and how in what way they can be expressed. Is that called fashion? I don't know the answer.'' —Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Since her Paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion and transformed customary notions of beauty, identity, and the body.

This lavishly illustrated publication weaves an illuminating narrative around Kawakubo's experiments in oppositions and the spaces between boundaries. Brilliant new photographs of more than 120 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons accompanied by Kawakubo's commentary on her designs and process, reveal her conceptual and challenging aesthetic as never before. A chronology of Kawakubo’s career provides additional context, and an insightful conversation with the author offers a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this fashion visionary.

Also includes a bonus foldout poster featuring 2 Dimensions, autumn/winter 2012–13 and Invisible Clothes, spring/summer 2017. Photograph © Paolo Roversi, 2017.

By Andrew Bolton 

Photography by Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez & Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Brigitte Niedermair, Paolo Roversi, and Collier Schorr

This catalogue accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition.

''What I've only ever been interested in are clothes that one has never seen before, that are completely new, and how in what way they can be expressed. Is that called fashion? I don't know the answer.'' —Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is widely recognized as among the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Since her Paris debut in 1981, she has blurred the divide between art and fashion and transformed customary notions of beauty, identity, and the body.

This lavishly...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Author:
  • Photographers: Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez & Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Brigitte Niedermair, and Paolo Roversi
  • Pages: 248
  • Illustrations: 205 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover in slipcase
  • Dimensions: 12'' x 14''
  • ISBN: 9781588396204
Editorial Reviews

The exhibition catalog was designed with guidance from Fabien Baron, the creative director behind CK One's iconic screw-top bottle. Accordingly, the 240-page book is minimal, arresting, and impossibly chic." 
      —Elle

"Consider this your coffee table's must-have accessory this spring." 
      —GQ

"Possibly the most interesting person working currently in fashion, Rei Kawakubo knows that the only way to enter her personal kingdom is to look, learn and analyze everything she does (and) this book is such an invitation. Superb photographs of the garments enliven the pages "
      —Colin McDowell, Business of Fashion

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book arrived with a bit of a smashed corner. since I run a museum store, I wanted you all to know that. I called and was very cordially helped. I have a big collection of fashion books, mostly Rizzoli and I have run a very successful recycle event for 6 years, having students recycle anything into fashion. I use these books to inspire them. I told customer service, the dent was OK, just wanted to let them know, I wasn't asking for anything BUT she credited my shipping which was unexpected and welcome. I look forward to seeing the exhibit in August when I come to the NYC gift show for shopping. Thank you.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brilliant tribute to a genius of fashion! This big, beautiful book is breathtaking from cover to cover. Not only are the photographs and illustrations exquisite, the text truly illuminates what it is to create something new. Mr. Bolton's conversation with Ms. Kawakubo is incredibly informative from each of their points of view. She is my favorite designer of all time and I treasure ever piece of hers I own for its elegance and spirituality. Now I would like to see a book on her more wearable spinoffs of these creations which are also groundbreaking.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Eye Opener What a surprise - the "fashions" are sculptural, fantasy, collage constructions. The photography is dramatic and reminds me of the futurist painters. The book can be appreciated by many artistic disciplines. I deducted one rating star because it is oversized and heavy. I prefer smaller books that can be comfortably carried!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The art of in -between? first of all the contest of the book is beautiful, her clothes are art pieces and i have couple of them but for someone who doesn't believe in perfection this is the most difficult book to handle, pure white, super thin paper cover and a box, some of my friends are keeping theirs in plastic bags but mine looked old after a day of going trough the pages, i will like to know this was done on purpose but I hold this book dearly to my heart since was also my first private tour ever trough the museum at 8:30 am on a beautiful september morning, the whole museum just for us...
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of great photos A fantastic book. A great overview of Rei Kawakubo's work. I love Japanese fashion. I also bought this book as a present for a friend.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I saw the exhibit advertised but I cannot go to New York. When I saw that the book was available I decided to purchase it. It is a visually stunning book! Great quality and quantity of the book and Images! Rei's work has inspired some costumes I am making for outdoor theatre production!!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastique I great peace of work about Res Kawakubo Comme des Garçons
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous imagery I'm so happy I bought this book, although I still hope to see the exhibit in person also. This stunningly designed book is filled with gorgeous images that are a joy to look at. It's must-have eye candy for fashion fans! And I look forward to reading the text to better understand Kawakubo's process and thinking.
Date published: 2017-05-31
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