Rei Kawakubo's Fashion Comes to the Met – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Since bringing her label Comme des Garçons to Paris in 1981, the dressmaker Rei Kawakubo has labored relentlessly to introduce the public to the risk of arraying the human physique in new shapes. To take action, she typically goes to extremes. In her 1997 assortment, entitled “Physique Meets Gown—Gown Meets Physique,” she positioned feather-crammed appendages the place no lady would need to be bulbous: on the neck or shoulders or asymmetrically on the hips. Quickly, vogue-trade wags had been calling the assortment “Lumps and Bumps.”

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