With influences more abstract than other designers, these are the people and ideas that Rei Kawakubo has built Comme des Garçons on
Rei Kawakubo never formally trained as a fashion designer, but studied the history of aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo, where she honed her unique eye. When Kawakubo established Comme des Garçons in 1969, she shook the sartorial world by making handmade, dark, deconstructed garments hailed as anti-fashion and "Hiroshima Chic." Although she has been media shy throughout her career, she has established a clear identity in the industry. Kawakubo has been a champion for talent within her label, supporting designers such as Junya Watanabe, Tao Kurihara, and Kei Ninomiya to create their own collections under the Comme des Garçons title. With multiple lines and collaborations, notable fans, and the 2017 Comme des Garçons retrospective at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art under her belt, Kawakubo has ensured the longevity of her legacy. Here, we take a look back at the greatest influences in Comme des Garçons' history, from the designer who once said, "I have no inspiration."