Who is the creative behind the account?
I’d like to keep my identity anon for now! I currently work in fashion. I run my own production business in Asia, specializing in knitwear.
“There may have been a small subconscious intention to parody the industry, but now it’s more about the styling and appreciation of CDG.” – @catswearingcdg
How did you come up with the idea behind Cats wearing CDG?
I’ve been a fashion person for as long as I can remember, but over the years I found myself disillusioned about the industry. That’s how Cats Wearing CDG was born. I wanted to do something fun for myself. I love styling and I consider myself a pretty silly person so I wanted to deviate a little from the seriousness of fashion. My love for cats is an obsession and so is CDG, so it was a refreshing and playful concept to explore. No people involved, no make-up, no photography. Just cute cats and great clothing. Keeping it simple was important. In hindsight too, there may have been a small subconscious intention to parody the industry, but now it’s more about the styling and appreciation of CDG.
What is it that you like about CDG?
Rei Kawakubo’s legacy is truly unmatched. I owe a lot of my current state of mind to her career. She really makes you adopt freedom as the default, which I believe is the catalyst to achieve an authentic lifestyle. The world she has built is a huge playground for fashion and design freaks. The clothing, graphic design, marketing, business model, all the elements work together with a sense of freedom that no other brand has been able to achieve. I just love everything the brand stands for. Deconstructionism, absurdity, playfulness, imperfection, freedom, an element of surprise, lack of fear; it is the ethos of CDG I appreciate the most.
“Deconstructionism, absurdity, playfulness, imperfection, freedom, an element of surprise, lack of fear; it is the ethos of CDG I appreciate the most. ” – @catswearingcdg
What is your favourite CDG design or season?
“Lumps and Bumps” from the S/S 1997 collection. I find a strange comfort in the themes of morphing and disfigurement that are present in this season. I think we can all see a little of ourselves reflected in the distortions and multi-faceted states of the bodies and clothing displayed.
Do you have any dreams for the account or is it more of your hobby?
So a collection of four books would be an amazing goal to reach. Getting them stocked at Dover Street Market would definitely be a dream! I’ve been planning to make one-of-a-kind recosntructed pieces with vintage CDG, maybe doing a handful of drops every year, to begin with. It would be a fun parallel to the collage element as I would deconstruct the pieces and “re-paste” them together just like I do with the collages.