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Comme des Garçons, Blood and Roses, spring–summer 2015, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Collection of Takamasa Takahashi, © Comme des Garçons.

Collecting Comme
  • Rex Butler


2 Nov 2019
National Gallery of Victoria 31 Oct 2019 - 26 Jul 2020

Rei Kawakubo's first Comme des Garçons show in Paris in April 1981 is now a legendary event in the history of fashion. Mounted unofficially at the Intercontinental Hotel during Prêt-à-Porter week and featuring just five models—she had not received the favour of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, which decided, like the French Academy the century before, who would show during fashion week and who would not—Kawakubo made her debut alongside Yohji Yamamoto, her romantic partner at the time.

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