Rei Kawakubo. Photo by Peter Lindbergh, 1982

Rei Kawakubo by Peter Lindbergh, 1982. 

An untrained fashion designer, Kawakubo studied fine arts and literature at Keno University and then went to work at a textile company and as a freelance stylist in 1967. By 1973, she'd established her own company, Comme des Garçons Co. Ltd in Tokyo and opened up her first boutique in Tokyo in 1975.

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