Comme Des Garçons

Kawakubo was born in Tokyo in 1942. Having studied fine arts and literature at Keio University, post graduation she worked at a textile company before taking the then unusual career of freelance stylist in 1967.

Comme des Garçons was created by Kawakubo in Tokyo in 1969 and established as a company a few years later. Despite the fact that Kawakubo had never had any formal fashion training, Comme des Garçons clothing became hugely successful all round Japan in the 1970s. Throughout the 1980s the label’s dismantled approach to fashion became known worldwide. When there were four fashion capitals in the world; London, Paris, Milan and New York, Japanese Comme des Garçons' mantra of monochromatic colours, surreal silhouettes and a mission to turn conventional pattern cutting on its head, broke all the rules. Kawakubo’s designs have provided inspiration for a list of well respected creatives including Belgians Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester and Austrian minimalist Helmut Lang.

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