KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Sweater, Skirt

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Sweater, Skirt

Autumn/Winter 1983

Rei Kawakubo
Comme des Garçons
tricot COMME des GARÇONS (sweater), COMME des GARÇONS (skirt)
Off-white wool garter-stitch knit sweater, rib-knit at hem; off-white wool jersey skirt.
Credit Line
Gift of Comme des Garçons Co., Ltd.
Inventory Number(s)
AC7842 93-24-5AB

A piece of Rei Kawakubo which drew attention of the Western to the Japanese Fashion. The seemingly complex form of the sweater was created essentially from one straight panel, and has a dynamic voluminous look. The large sleeves spreading to the left and right resemble kimono sleeves. The skirt sags asymmetrically in response to the irregular shapes created by the loosely hanging sweater.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Kawakubo received a mixed response in Paris to designs that challenged existing aesthetic values in the Western countries due to their achromaticity, loose fit, asymmetry and deliberately-created holes and tears. Nevertheless, she has maintained a consistent attitude of defying stereotypes in dress designing ever since.