Rei Kawakubo Spring/Summer ’09: Back to Black

By Butterboom Writers  /  March 30, 2009

The designer’s amazing black collection for the upcoming season.


Recognized by her signature bob hairstyle, Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo is the founder of Comme des Garcons (CdG), which is French for “Just Like Boys”. She is a master in asymmetry. Her precision cuts, severe lines and focus on the silhouette are inspiration to many famous designers like Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang.

Born in Tokyo in 1942, Kawakubo has no training as a fashion designer. She studied fine arts and literature and conveys her ideas verbally to her pattern-makers. She started work at a textile company after graduation and began working as a freelance stylist in 1967.  In 1973, she established CdG in Tokyo and moved to Paris in 1980.

Kawakubo’s fashion pieces are not only clothes, they become art pieces that are on exhibition around the world.  Comme des Garcons specializes in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments and lots of layering. Her garments are primarily in black, dark grey, and white. There are occasional use of shocking colours evidently so in the past few years), but she has gone back to black this Spring/Summer 09.

Kawakubo makes CdG available for all from her amazing coats to T-shirts, everyone can own a piece of CdG.

Where to buy?

  • Comme des Garcons at 20 On Lan Street, Central 2869 5906
  • I.T: Shop 120, Level 1, Pacific Place 2918 9522
  • Lane Crawford IFC,
  • Joyce Boutique, Central

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