|© Lyndon Douglas|
|© Lyndon Douglas|
Future Beauty showcased designs by Rei, her protégé Junya Watanabe (called the "techno-couturier"), as well as Jun Takahashi, Tao Kurihara, Fumito Ganryu, Matohu, Akira Naka, Mina Perhonen and Mintdesigns.
See the video of the exhibition here:
More about Rei Kawakubo:
Rei has had no formal training in fashion design. Her designs (like many other prominent Japanese designers) are much closer to conceptual art than typical "fashion," but because of this, her lines are still doing extremely well, and play a key role in defining both the commercial fashion industry and fashion as art.
|Rei at her new store in Beijing|
From New York Magazine:
"I really felt that I was on my own,” Ms. Kawakubo says. “I never felt my work had anything to do with being a woman. I am not a feminist. I was never interested in any movement as such. I just decided to make a company built around creation, and with creation as my sword, I could fight the battles I wanted to fight.”
On her design process:
“I start every collection with one word,” Ms. Kawakubo says. “I can never remember where this one word came from. I never start a collection with some historical, social, cultural or any other concrete reference or memory. After I find the word, I then do not develop it in any logical way. I deliberately avoid any order to the thought process after finding the word and instead think about the opposite of the word, or something different to it, or behind it.”
|One of CDG's temporary lines, "Black"|
|Rei's fearless designs are said to have influenced McQueen, for obvious reasons|
|Reminds me of All Saints, which may also be Japanese influenced|
|Junya Watanabe's designs are even more architectural than Rei's|
Images via Barbican, Grazia Daily, Fashion Claim, NY Mag, Champagne and Heels, Chimera Studios, and Ego Design.