Conceptual clothing

The history and the art of Kawakubo's brand

Rei Kawakubo, the enigmatic head of innovative Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons, has a special vision which extends beyond clothing to furniture, architecture, and graphic design, always defying conventional thinking. i-D examines Rei’s complex and conceptual world, digging through the magazines archive and re-visiting interviews which explore how the fashion house continues to challenge the Western ideals of body shape and garment construction. Breaking the conventional rules, Kawakubo continues to push boundaries, perfectly marrying fashion with art in the most unexpected of ways.

Packed into 120 pages is biographical and personal information as well as imagery from photographers including Paolo Roversi, David Bailey, and Emma Summerton, plus interviews with Jamie Huckbody, Josh Sims, and Terry Jones.
The editor:
Founder and Creative Director of i-D magazine, Terry Jones started his fashion career in the 1970s as art director of Vanity Fair and Vogue UK. Since 1977 his Instant Design studio has produced catalogues, campaigns, exhibitions and books, including TASCHEN's Smile i-D, Fashion Now 1, Fashion Now 2 and Soul i-D.
Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo

Terry Jones
Hardcover, quarter-bound, 11.7 x 16.5 in., 120 pages
$ 39.99
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German, Spanish
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
"While John Waters was able to devote a whole chapter in his recent tome to the brilliance that is Rei Kawakubo, we get a little lost for words in her presence. Thanks heavens, then, for this celebration of the history and art of all her work to help fill in the gaps. To us it’s a holy book, with images provided by iconographers such as David Bailey and Emma Summerton."
— 10 Magazine, London, United Kingdom
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