When you think that every design idea has been exhausted in fashion, Rei Kawakubo comes along and offers up something totally fresh and exciting. “The future is two-dimensions” explained the influential designer on Comme des Garçons’ A/W12 collection of flat-plane and oversized garments.
Was Kawakubo making a comment on how the majority of us view fashion now: through the two-dimensions of print or digital screens? Or the fact that models are our idealised and often unrealistic view of perfection – living dolls – in her garments that came in exaggerated paper-doll shapes? Whatever the reasons behind her design decisions, Kawakubo’s creations were entirely original.