Comme des Garcons: On the border between fashion and art

Can fashion be art, too?
February 24, 2022
BY hosoo
DESIGNER : Comme des Garcons

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In 2017, an exhibition was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the United States under the title <Rei Kawakubo: Art of the In-Between> The title of this exhibition is the title that best represents the identity of Comme des Garcons.

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons means "like a boy" in French. They entered the Paris Collection in the 1980s. The first collection consists of dresses and jackets made by dismantling patterns and sewing and combining them again. At that time, fashion designers from Asia were not recognized worldwide as they are now.

Comme des Garcons

Rei Kawakubo asks questions about stereotypes about beauty between completion and incompletion. It shocked the fashion industry at the time and began to crack.

Comme des Garcons

Rei Kawakubo, who launched Comme des Garcons, started her career as a stylist majoring in aesthetics. Perhaps that's why their costumes are like artworks or interior decorations in the gallery. People call it 'anti-fashion'.

"Can fashion be art, too?"

It seems meaningless to divide the boundaries in Rei Kawakubo's world.

Comme des Garcons' fandom shares taste and spirit. It has now expanded to about 12 boutiques and 200 stores worldwide.

Dover Street Market

The Dover Street Market, launched by Rei Kawakubo and partner Adrian Joffe, is also indispensable.

Dover Street Market is a shopping place where various styles of fashion. The world's up-and-coming designer collection and luxury brand products are gathered.

Dover Street Market

This place presents visual fantasy to visitors. You can never experience it online.

Make sure to visit in the near future. Stores are operated in different concepts in New York, London, Ginza, and Beijing.


Comme des Garcons' world is completed through several designers and brands.

Junya Watanabe & Chitose Abe

In particular, ‘Junya Watanabe’ and ‘Abe Chitose’ are indispensable designers. In addition, several designers are growing with support.

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons' Ateliers are piled up in a veil. What is going on here? Comme Des Garcons and Rei Kawakubo are creating beauty in cracks. Their collection will leave a strong impression every time in the future.


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