Rei Kawakubo: Comme des Garcons, Art of the In-Between Gallery Guide by Rei Kawakubo Book Summary:
The gallery guide for the retrospective exhibition of garments designed by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons. The exhibition was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 4 - September 4, 2017. "The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition examines the work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d'Ys. The galleries illustrate the designer's revolutionary experiments in 'in-betweenness' -- the space between boundaries. Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo's work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness." The guide delineates the location of the nine areas and their subcategories, discusses each, and lists all the works in the exhibition with annotation. Quotes from Kawakubo throughout. Staple-bound; 40 pages; b&w maps throughout; 8.5 x 11 inches.