Rei Kawakubo

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Three Women
Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo

 

Extremely rare over-sized 1987 publication to accompany the exhibition, “Three Women: Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo” at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (February 24 through April 18, 1987).  This elegant, oversized folio features full-page black and white photography and texts by Harold Koda, Richard Martin, and Laura Sinderbran to profile the careers of  fashion designers Madeleine Vionnet, Claire McCardell, and Rei Kawakubo.

Madeleine Vionnet (1876 – 1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the “Queen of the bias cut” and “the architect among dressmakers”, Vionnet is best known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.

Claire McCardell (1905–1958) was an American fashion designer in the arena of ready-to-wear clothing in the 20th century. From the 1930s to the 1950s, she was known for designing functional, affordable, and stylish women’s sportswear within the constraints of mass-production, and is today acknowledged as the creator of the “American Look”, a democratic and casual approach to fashion that rejected the formality of French couture.

Rei Kawakubo (1942 -) is a Japanese fashion designer, and founder of Comme des Garçons, one of Japan’s most iconic fashion labels.  Not formally trained in fashion, but rather fine arts and literature, Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons is well known for its anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white; the materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labeled her clothes ‘Hiroshima chic’ amongst other things.

* Condition: Good-Very Good – light bending – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Comme des Garçons
1981-1986

“Comme des Garçons 1981-1986” is one of the most beautiful and sought after fashion photo-books ever published.
Since the inception of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons in 1969, founder Rei Kawakubo applied a particular aesthetic to every aspect of Comme des Garçons, extending her vision to the company’s packaging, furniture, interior design, graphic design, and publishing, including a selection of some of the fashion world’s most visually compelling and challenging books and printed materials.
This wonderful and very iconic collection of photographs presents Rei Kawakubo’s groundbreaking, innovative designs from an exciting period of Comme des Garçons history, between 1981 and 1986, as photographed by some of the most important fashion photographers of our time, including Arthur Elgort, Hans Feurer, Eddy Kohli, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Oliviero Toscani, and Bruce Weber, among others.
This gorgeous and incredibly rare clothbound volume, wrapped in original publisher’s glassine overlay and housed in original printed cardboard slip-case, perfectly captures a very important and exciting moment in the history of fashion, and is considered one of the most-collectable and prized fashion photo-books to come out of the 1980s.

* Condition: Good / Very Good – book and cover in very good, tight, clean condition throughout, protected under original publishers glassine wrap and within original publishers printed cardboard slipcase – only small chip and tanning to slipcase, very good copy otherwise – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Comme des Garçons book from the late 1990s MEMOIRE DE LA MODE series. This title was printed in 1998 in England, France, Germany and Japan, all editions of which are now quite collectable. This is the first printing of the Japanese edition. An almost entirely photographic volume that collects together the advertising and publicity materials and imagery from the great Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons in the period of 1982-1997. A graphic history of CdG, featuring the work of many acclaimed artists, designers and photographers that Rei Kawakubo collaborated with over the years. Compiled by French Grand and art direction by Inoue Tsuguya. Published by Korinsha Press.

* Condition: Very Good (protected in good dust-jacket, light wear)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-15: Five Sensors of an Age
Tadao Ando, Takashi Sugimoto, Rei Kawakubo, Toshiyuki Kita, Masayuki Kurokawa

The first (and only) printing of the scarce “Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-1: Five Sensors of an Age” published by the mighty Rikuyo-Sha Publishing house in Tokyo, 1985.

This beautifully designed, over-sized 383-page volume generously profiles five of Japan’s leading design practitioners of the 1980’s:

Architecture: Tadao Ando
Interior Design: Takashi Sugimoto
Fashion Design: Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons)
Industrial Design: Toshiyuki Kita
Product Design: Masayuki Kurokawa

Each designer’s section includes many photographs of their work of the 1980’s, as well as texts, their views on the design philosophy of the time and interviews in Japanese and English, making enough content to create an independent book on each designer! Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons section alone would make for a wonderful Comme publication in its own right.

Features an interview between fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and architect Tadao Ando entitled “Aesthetics of Monochrome”.

* Condition: Very good/fine – (Tight and clean copy in protective plastic sleeve) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Due to the size and weight of this volume, your order will possibly incur additional postage costs.  We will contact you with the best shipping advice upon your order, or alternatively, please email us in advance.  Thank you for understanding.

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