Describe Comme des Garçons in just one word. It can’t be done. A Japanese label that has been pushing the boundaries of innovation in the fashion world since its debut catwalk show in Paris 1981. Distorted silhouettes, voluminous ruffles and sculptural structures, CDG is a complex harmony of chaos and sophistication.
With over 50 ground breaking years under their belt, the iconic name is more than just a designer clothing brand. Rei Kawakubo has altered the meaning of fashion, creating a platform for inspiration and pathing the way for unconventional designs.
This year, Central Saint Martins BA Fashion have collaborated with 1 Granary to introduce the first ever graduate ball. The theme: Comme des Garçons. What’s your favourite CDG look? We’ve pieced together ten of the best, boldest and architecturally creative Comme looks.
Editor-at-large for Vogue Japan, Anna Dello Russo has never been one to shy away from the most daring of designs. She was snapped wearing this colourful Comme piece during Paris Fashion Week.
Caged Structures, smudged black lipstick and pink floral colours. This piece was on the catwalk for the Spring/Summer 2014 Show
BIG was the theme for the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. This two-piece look was inspired by floral motifs translated into two-dimensional prints.
Also from the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Queen of quirky, Lady Gaga wore this CDG look to one of her concerts.
Writer, editor and actress, Tavi Gevinson has been a name in the fashion world since the age of 12. She was photographed wearing these muted green lace-ups. She also has a matching red pair!
One of the only ones who did it right this year. Rihanna’s 2017 MET gala dress was an organic floral sculptured piece from the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection titled ‘18th century punk.’
This feminine look is from the Spring/Summer 1997 catwalk. The collection was all about lumps and bumps, with padded fabric protruding from limbs and parts of the body.
A range titled ‘Art of the in between’. Editor of Fashion Unfiltered Katherine Zarella wore this red ruffle piece to the Gala Press Preview at the Metropolitan Museum in 2017.
Sometimes the best creations are those from the past. From the Spring/Summer 1993 collection named ‘Ultrasimple,’ this bold headpiece was created for CDG’s 20th
Witches and enchantresses inspired this all-white look is from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Heavy layers of fabric wrapped in seductive fur matched with garishly coloured wigs created a mystical appearance and brought the pieces to life.
Words Sophie Swietochowsky Images