Rei Kawakubo’s “Not Making Clothes” Collection

Rei Kawakubo, the subject of this year’s Met Ball, has always been one of the most innovative and iconoclastic designers in the world, but her “Not Making Clothes” collection stands out for being truly esoteric. This collection was truly art as clothing, including a tire supported by chains. The collection came at a time when Kawakubo was feeling trapped and confined by her craft and the result was one of the most memorable fashion collections of recent years. In honor of the Met exhibit in her honor, the New York Times collects anecdotes from colleagues and attendees.

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