Thom Browne,Sarah Burton, Hannah Bagshawe, Eddie Redmayne, Trino
Verkade, Andrew Bolton and Craig Green at
The Lee Alexander
McQueen Foundation, The Art Of Curating
Fashion presented by Sarabande. London on June 28,2017
I’ve been such a sucker for Come Des Garçons for a long time now. I remember that my first encounter with the brand was a few years ago with it’s CDG PLAY branch. I thought their eyed hearts were pretty rad and I instantly wanted it all. At that moment, even the PLAY brand was very little known and gained power when Dover Street Market became very popular (circa 2014). At that moment, little did I know what Comme Des Garçons really stood up for nor that I’d be wearing CDG PLAY x Converse for the rest of my life.
Even if you’re someone that does not share an interest for fashion, you know what happens on the first Monday of May. Yes, I’m talking about the Met Gala and, this year the spotlight was on Rei Kawakubo founder of Comme Des Garçons. The exhibit holds Rei’s most iconic and representative items, curated by Andrew Bolton.
The red carpet was very polemical this year since no one seemed to have followed the theme, but also: could the theme have been followed?. Talking with my friends, we came to the agreement that any designer that decided to copy Rei’s perspective was doomed for failure. So, in a way, the gala was actually a success. Rihanna, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Anna Cleveland, Sofía Sánchez de Betak and Helen Lasichanh were some of the few celebrities that decided, and were granted, to actually wear Comme Des Garçons to the gala, and they did it so well.
That’s why, I decided, that this week’s post was to honor Rei. I’m posting some of my favorite Tommy Ton’s street style Come Des Garçons pics and some of my favorite items from CDG’s last three collections.
Enjoy them, mates!. Hope you’re all doing great!. XX -Keno
“Fashion is still considered more in the female domain than something like painting. I think that’s the reason why some people are quick to dismiss fashion as art.” - Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute
“Fashion seemed frivolous and trivial to the 19th century attitudes about fine art, but it’s laden with concepts, aesthetic principals, the most refined techniques… everything we subject the criteria of art to. We’re about clothing as art works.” - Harold Koda, former Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute
“The inspiration behind the hair came from Victorian times when prostitutes would sell theirs for kits of hair locks, which were bought by people to give to their lovers. I used it as my signature label with locks of hair in Perspex. In the early collections, it was my own hair.”
Alexander McQueen for Time Out (London), September 24–October 1, 1997 extracted from ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ (the book).
“McQueen, as well as being a fashion designer, art-directed many photoshoots, he art-directed many films, and this film formed the backdrop to the collection Irere that told the story of a shipwreck at sea and a subsequent landfall in the Amazon. And it was peopled with characters like pirates, conquistadors, and Amazonian Indians. The film itself was shot by John Maybury and depicts a moment when a woman falls overboard in a dress that’s referred to as the “shipwreck dress.” As she’s floating down in the ocean, the strands of chiffon get tangled around her legs and arms like seaweed.”
Additional images from the book Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton. So looking forward to this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next month. I am so excited to see this exhibit (much like the rest of the world). McQueen will always remain one of my favorite designers and a source of inspiration.