Rei-Kawakubo (COMME des GARÇONS) Spring/Summer, 1985.

Lecture : 24 – 28 November 2013

Semesterplan – Autumn 2013: Lectures :

Fashion: the Fall of an Industry : Lecture by Yuko Hasegawa

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Rei Kawakubo is one of the most radical and progressive fashion designers. In her lecture 'Radical Design as Resistance: Rei Kawakubo and Her Followers', Yuko Hasegawa offered an analysis of her working process and cultural background. Her methods are based on several dialectic dialogues ranging from contrary elements: modern and post-modern, virtual and physical, usefulness and uselessness, functionality and disfunctionality, beauty and ugliness, exaggeration and super-minimal, Western and Japanese traditions, as well as poverty and luxury. Kawakubo observes social and cultural phenomena through her own perception, before her observation turns into conceptual diagrams of 2D clothing patterns. This is why her works radically reflect current socio-political situations and have their own special singularity. In the lecture, Yuko Hasegawa presented her works from the 1970s up to the present, as well as the work of young Japanese designers who follow Kawakubo.