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Controversial Catwalk: Comme des Garçons’ “Sleep” Collection, 1995

Barbara Brownie

Barbara Brownie is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is the author of Transforming Type (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-author of The Superhero Costume (Bloomsbury, 2015), and has contributed to edited collections including Writing Design (Berg, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...History and Significance of “Sleep” In January 1995, Comme des Garçons’ premiered its fall/winter collection during Paris Fashion Week. The collection included blue-and-white vertically striped shirts and trousers, paired with matching...
...The Collection in Context The fashion show took place at the Conciergerie in Paris, where Marie Antoinette was guillotined, and it was scheduled back to back with Margiela’s presentation. Kawakubo said that the decision was based...
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...Rei Kawakubo’s Spring/Summer 1990 show for Comme des Garcons ‘Refresh The Spirits’ was presented at Paris Fashion Week. Each segment of the collection encompassed Kawakubo’s skill for pairing master tailoring with fabric manipulation...
...The Collection in Context This menswear collection pictured the male as an older creative person. This was in line with the fashionable dressing of the day as proposed by other menswear designers, who moved away from staid suits to embrace...
...The Collection in Context The fashion show for this collection took place on 20 October 1988 as part of Paris Fashion Week at the Louvre courtyard in Paris. Rei Kawakubo had shown her first collection in Paris in 1981, and this would...
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...Rei Kawakubo's womenswear Autumn/Winter 1990 collection for Comme des Garçons was shown at Paris Fashion Week. As is common with Kawakubo, the collection had an international influence and combined a mix of Western and Eastern elements...
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...Rei Kawakubo’s Spring/Summer 1991 womenswear show: Ink dye, Stained Glass for Comme des Garcons was held at Paris Fashion Week. The collection consisted of a sheer, draped shirts, coats, dresses, and culotte style jumpsuits. Vogue quoted...
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...Rei Kawakubo’s Autumn/Winter 1995 show ‘Sweeter than Sweet’ was presented at Paris fashion week. Revered as one of her most romantic shows, Kawakubo’s aesthetic aim was to emphasize a sense of sweetness to the point of cloying, through...
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...Rei Kawakubo’s Autumn/ Winter 1992 womenswear show ‘Flowering Clothes’ for Comme des Garçons was presented at Paris Fashion Week. Presented in an intimate square-box setting, the collection was more like a fine art exhibition that a fashion...
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...Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons' womenswear Spring/Summer 1992 collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was titled 'Unfinished' and garments reflected this with frayed hems, unsewn side seams, exposed pocket linings...