Skip Nav
Politics
9 Iconic First Lady Gowns Worth Talking About
Melania Trump
Melania Trump's Inauguration Outfits — and the Story Behind Them
Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama Just Got Officially Sworn In — by J.Crew

Rei Kawakubo Interview in WWD

Rei Kawakubo Blames the Media For "Uninteresting" Fashion


br>
"The more people that are afraid when they see new creation, the happier I am," says Rei Kawakubo in a rare new Q&A. Perhaps that's why the reclusive designer, who never makes public appearances and speaks to the press infrequently, isn't afraid to pass judgment on popular fashion.

"I think the media has some responsibility to bear for people becoming more conservative," Kawakubo told WWD. "Many parts of the media have created the situation where uninteresting fashion can thrive."

The rest of the interview is similarly blunt. Read on for more of Kawakubo's deep-cutting pronouncements.

ADVERTISEMENT

On the inspiration for her Spring 2013 and Fall 2012 collections: "I can honestly never remember clearly what I was thinking about at the time. I was only trying to make something completely new. There is never more meaning than that. I was not thinking about the age of Internet when I was making the Fall-Winter 2012 collection."

On whether business is more important in fashion than creativity: "Yes, it's true . . . And it's weakening the power of creation. This is the worst of situations."

On her design ethos: "My intention is not to make clothes. My head would be too restricted if I only thought about making clothes."

On selling garments vs. making a statement: "Every day I think about the selling, but when doing a collection, all I want is for people to feel the power."

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Grace Coddington For Comme des Garcons Perfume
Comme Des Garcons Spring 2014 Runway | Paris Fashion Week
Comme des Garcons Hair and Makeup | Fashion Week Fall 2013
Rei Kawakubo Hermes Scarf Collaboration
Best-Dressed Celebrities | August 31, 2012
Michelle Williams Wearing Polka Dot Top
Comme des Garcons's Rei Kawakubo Wins CFDA Award 2012

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fashion
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds