Besides her avantgarde fashion label Comme des Garcons, which started at 1973, Rei Kawakubo is known for her ultimate designs for each of her shops in London, Kobe, New York.
Comme des Garçons collections are designed in the Comme des Garçons studio in Aoyama, Tokyo and are made in Japan, France, Spain, and Turkey.
The 1997 spring-summer collection, often referred to the “lumps and bumps” collection, which contained fabric in bulk and balls on the garments. This led to a collaboration, also in 1997, between Rei Kawakubo and New York-based choreographer Merce Cunningham called “Scenario”.
Junya Watanabe and, as of recently, Tao Kurihara have started their own sub-labels under the Comme des Garçons name to much acclaim. Both also were involved in designing for the casual women’s knitwear line “Comme des Garçons Tricot”.
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The 2006 autumn/winter collection dealt with the concept of the “persona”, the different ways we present ourselves to the world. Fusing tailored menswear with more feminine elements such as corsets and flower printed dress fabrics, “Persona” was another collection that combined the feminine with the masculine by Comme des Garçons.