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About Rei Kawakubo

Fashion designer who founded the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garcons in 1969. Her unusual garments, sometimes described as “anti-fashion,” have made her an icon in some fashion circles.

Early life

She worked for a textile company after graduating from Keio University.


She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2012.

Family of Rei Kawakubo

She married South African businessman Adrian Joffe.

Close associates of Rei Kawakubo

Her unique clothes have inspired fashion designers the world over, including Austrian designer Helmut Lang.

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