In 2014 Rei Kawakubo, founder and creative director of Japanese-based avant-garde fashion house Comme des Garçons, made a powerful declaration, that after over forty years of designing radical, forward-thinking ready-to-wear the Tokyo native would be abandoning clothing to focus on creating “objects for the body”. This move away from traditional forms of dress was never more evident than within the ‘garments’ Kawakubo presented for fall/winter 2017.
This season, the designer focused on addressing ‘the future of silhouette’ through a variety of bulbous looks, some even with no armholes, in exaggeratedly ‘out there’ proportions. Kawakubo largely abandoned the use of traditional fabrics this season, instead using brown packing paper, silver insulation material, and recycled fabric waste in their place. As typical, Kawakubo worked with hair magician Julien d’Ys to create accompanying object for each models’ head. This season d’Ys rendered similarly unpredictable rounded forms out of steel wool, completing Kawakubo’s ‘far out’ vision to absolute perfection.