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Collecting Comme

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Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan est. 1992
Junya Watanabe (designer)
Japan born 1961

Coat, jumper, leggings and boots 2006 autumn–winter, 2006–07
cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, leather, metal (embellishments)
69.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (sleeve)
75.0 cm (centre back) 80.0 cm (sleeve)
22.0 cm (waist, flat) 92.0 cm (outer leg) 71.0 cm (inner leg)
d-e) 
25.5 x 10.0 x 29.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Promised gift of Takamasa Takahashi 

Tao, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan 2005–2011
Tao Kurihara (designer)
Japan born 1961
Dress 2009 autumn–winter 2009
polyester, rayon; cotton, polyester; polyester; wool, mohair, nylon
(a) 33.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat)
(b) 61.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (waist, flat)
(c) 62.5 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat)
(d) 63.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat)
e-f) 11.0 x 9.0 x 26.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2017 (2017.156.a-f)

Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan  2005–2011
Rei Kawakubo (designer)
Japan born 1942
Dress 2003 Extreme Embellishment collection autumn–winter 2003–2004
cotton, plastic zipper, metal zipper, metal hook, fabric fastener
133.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 (2015.124)

Collecting Comme

1 Nov 2019 - 26 Jul 2020

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is one of the most visionary and influential fashion designers working today. Her intent has always been ‘to make clothes that didn’t exist before’ and since the early 1970s Kawakubo has consistently challenged the ways people think about dress. Recognised for her intellectual, anti-fashion vocabulary of the 1980s, Kawakubo has upended notions of ideal beauty and gender, and ‘deconstructed’ conventional garment forms to introduce a new vocabulary into fashion, including oversized volumes, asymmetry, layering, imperfection and the use of black. With her new approaches to silhouette, inventive pattern-making and experimental fabric treatments, Kawakubo’s work has remained enigmatic and radical, season after season, often critiquing the codes of femininity and gender.

Collecting Comme celebrates the NGV’s expansive collection of Comme des Garçons designs, generously gifted to the institution by Mr Takamasa Takahashi from 2005. The exhibition also includes work by Rei Kawakubo’s protégés Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara.

A self-described ‘Comme tragic’ with a long history of collecting, Takahashi’s profound appreciation of, and emotional connection to, Kawakubo’s work permeates this exhibition, which considers both the historical and the personal significance of Comme des Garçons in cementing Kawakubo’s place within the history of contemporary fashion and the NGV Collection.

Collecting Comme features approximately 60 works gifted to the NGV, supplemented by further key loans from the donor’s personal archive.


Image: left to right 

Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan est. 1992
Junya Watanabe (designer)
Japan born 1961

Coat, jumper, leggings and boots 2006 autumn–winter, 2006–07
cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, leather, metal (embellishments)
69.0 cm (centre back) 42.0 cm (sleeve)
75.0 cm (centre back) 80.0 cm (sleeve)
22.0 cm (waist, flat) 92.0 cm (outer leg) 71.0 cm (inner leg)
d-e) 25.5 x 10.0 x 29.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Promised gift of Takamasa Takahashi 

Tao, Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan 2005–2011
Tao Kurihara (designer)
Japan born 1961
Dress 2009 autumn–winter 2009
polyester, rayon; cotton, polyester; polyester; wool, mohair, nylon
(a) 33.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat)
(b) 61.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (waist, flat)
(c) 62.5 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat)
(d) 63.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat)
e-f) 11.0 x 9.0 x 26.0 cm (each)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2017 (2017.156.a-f)

Comme des Garçons, Japan (fashion house)
Japan  2005–2011
Rei Kawakubo (designer)
Japan born 1942
Dress 2003 Extreme Embellishment collection autumn–winter 2003–2004
cotton, plastic zipper, metal zipper, metal hook, fabric fastener
133.0 cm (centre back) 44.0 cm (waist, flat)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Takamasa Takahashi through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 (2015.124)

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