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Dress, Socks, and Shoes

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Dress, Socks, and Shoes

Spring/Summer 2001

Rei Kawakubo
Comme des Garçons
Green cupro organdie and white cotton sheeting with dot pattern; socks of green nylon knit with op art pattern; black and white cow leather shoes.
Inventory Number(s)
AC10437 2001-3-5AE

The overlapping of two kinds of dot-print fabric produces subtle misalignments, but this camouflage pattern becomes recognizable when zooming out. Many of the works that Rei Kawakubo presented in this collection were dazzling with optical illusions such as houndstooth patterns, checkered patterns, Op Art patterns, besides polka dots. To complement that, the width of the show's runway was narrowed enough for the models to pass right in front of the front row spectators on both sides, the scene was created as if the clothes and models were mixed in with the overcrowded and miscellaneous landscape. However, the camouflage pattern had a strong impact on the viewer, even though the mottled pattern of shades of green is decomposed into dots and abstracted. More than anything, the collection demonstrated the high visibility of such patterns.