Monday 10th December

| BY 10Magazine


‘Two dimensions are the future,” says Rei Kawakubo. And so clothes are flat. Paper-doll flat. In brightly coloured felt. Not paper. Some are printed with roses. Others with childlike bubble shapes. Dresses are printed on dresses. Everything is big. Except the hair, which isn’t hair, but a silk skullcap cut in an asymmetric bob. And ill fitting. Models move to the sound of silence. The whole show is an exploration of form. An essay in flatness. It is awkward. And new.

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “Can rational people create mad work?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “Of course.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “Why is fashion important? Why is newness important? Why is envelope pushing important?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “I believe that, without creation, there can be no progress.  Fashion is one of the best ways to express oneself. I built Comme des Garçons around the concept of new. It is important for CdG, I don’t know about generalisations.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “Do you consider yourself to be more designer, artist or businesswoman?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “I created Comme des Garçons, and run the business of Comme des Garçons along creative lines.” 

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “Is there any difference between womenswear and menswear? Most people wear trousers. How different are they really?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “There is more freedom in designing women’s clothes, it is true. Sometimes what is new is not immediately visible. Sometimes it is more abstract, interior, a feeling.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “How do you feel about your clothes being used as a feminist statement by some? Should clothes be used to make a statement?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “Clothes should be used as a means of expression. People should be free to express themselves as they want.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “The world of Comme des Garçons is so secret, so shrouded in mystery and legend, so cult-like. Is Comme des Garçons actually a cult?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “It is not deliberate. People decide what they want to decide.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “What does a day in the life of Rei Kawakubo look like?” 

REI KAWAKUBO: “I just work every day, with heart and soul, and in everyday life, an idea or a feeling can arise. I do not divide the day up into sections. The work is whole and constant, whether I am at office or at home or travelling.”

NATALIE DEMBINSKA: “Why do you do it?”

REI KAWAKUBO: “It’s my job.”

By Natalie Dembinska