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Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons
Your Price: $18.99 CDN
Last copy!
Author: France Grand
Foreword by: Grace Mirabella
Publisher: Universe Publishing
Series: Universe of Fashion
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0789302039
ISBN-13: 9780789302038

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Comme des Garcons – "like the boys" – is the title of a French soldier's song. It is also the label of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Reserved in word but radical in action, Rei Kawakubo is one of the most influential and subversive figures in contemporary fashion. At the forefront of stylistic movements that rocked the fashion world in the early eighties, Rei Kawakubo created Comme des Garcons in 1973 and continues to reinvent her vision of clothing with each show. Her work is and has always garnered fans and admirers, many times turning them into loyalists (ask writer-director John Waters).

Her mysterious creations are often closer to sculpture than clothing. Ragged, asymmetric, voluminous, or distressed, Rei Kawakubo's designs mix eastern and western influences to articulate new shapes and a new definition of beauty. A figure at once rigorous, daring, and intellectual, this reclusive Japanese designer consistently receives praise from the press each season, both for her effect on new trends in beauty and for influencing the newest wave of young talent. Restlessly innovative, Rei Kawakubo has overturned every fashion convention over the past twenty-five years, ultimately redefining the very meaning of fashion itself.

What people say:

"These four volumes continue the 'Universe of Fashion' series of 11 titles published since 1996. Each volume in the series is devoted to a notable fashion designer and follows a simple template: ten to 15 pages of biography, 50 pages or so of photographs illustrating the designer's work, a career chronology, and photographic credits accompanied by thumbnails of the larger photographs (a nice touch). The volumes resemble miniature exhibit catalogs, providing quick glimpses of the lives and work of people who have molded the fashion establishment during the last few decades." — Library Journal

About the Author:

France Grand spent many years in textile research and design before becoming director of the design department at the Paris-based French Institute of Fashion (IFM). Writer, curator, and fashion correspondent for a major Paris radio station, she is a leading authority on avante-garde designers.