Photo by Pierre Antoine via Huffington Post
Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo is to be honored 4th June with film director John Waters handing her The International Award at the CFDA Awards. Kawakubo is credited for bring a palette of black, dark gray, and white to our wardrobes along with an anti-fashion attitude. Next year will make forty years since Comme des Garçons first launched in Tokyo, and the cult of Comme still feels fresh to this day.
This year is a big one for Kawakubo in addition to her CFDA honor, an exhibition celebrating the ss2012 Comme des Garçons collection curated by Olivier Saillard entitled “White Drama” runs at Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design until October. The exhibition transports you to the mind of Kawakubo creating an ethereal mood with a wedding gown taking the shape of silky cocoon, christening robes with lace insets, and fabrics both untreated and refined. Curator Saillard describes the White Drama as a” beacon of poetry and pure bravado outside of commercial conventions.”
Behind Kawakubo’s elusiveness, she has built reputation as a fashion oracle and has influenced designers such as Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, and Helmut Lang. “I begin every collection, every aspect of design for Comme des Garçons, from zero. I want to try to make something strong that didn’t exist before,” commented Kawakubo through a translator. “By the very nature of how I work, I cannot be in any dialogue with the fashion industry or the public, or let myself be influenced in any way, by anyone or anything.”
Other award recipients include The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tommy Hilfiger, The Fashion Icon Award will given to Johnny Depp (the first time the award has gone to a man), and The Media Award will be given to Scott Schuman & Garance Doré. Meanwhile, the nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year Award are Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. It will be interesting to see which one of them will create a forty year impact like Kawakubo. By Anna Barr