Stephanie LaCava is a writer based in New York City. She is the author of An Extraordinary Theory of Objects and founder of Small Press books.

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The Radical Success of Comme des Garçons

Publicity photo for Rei Kawakubo's

Known for her voluminous, monochromatic, and architectural silhouettes, Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo makes designs that appear to be more concerned with novelty and sparking interest and dialogue than with straightforward attraction or luxury. One gets the sense, wandering the Met and walking the streets of New York City alike, that her label, Comme des Garçons, is one of the few that have built a viable business while truly challenging industry norms.