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Comme des Garcons Black Velvet Faux Jacket & White Cotton Petticoat Dress

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Many have tried to explain and thus honor the genius of Rei Kawakubo and her label, Comme des Garcons. The designs often appear eccentric and purposefully distressed with intentional unfinished seams and frays in the fabric but the strongest identifying characteristic is how the garments 'feel' when worn. This black velvet and white cotton design makes the appearance of a two part ensemble though it is expertly stitched together to form a one piece dress that has characteristics of Victorian era clothing including the 'feel' of weighty layered petticoat style undergarments. The cotton section of the dress closes with a long row of hooks similar to corset closures and incorporates layers of ruffles interspersed with netting and the occasional slit. The velvet 'jacket' buttons at the front with a Peter Pan collar, hip pockets and a modified swing style silhouette at the back. The bodice of the jacket is slit at the bust both exposing the cotton ruffles underneath as well as any undergarments you choose to wear. The dress could also be worn as alternative outwear and can take on different moods depending on shoe choices and other accessories including hairstyles and make-up. Very good condition with intentional distress at some seams and unfinished edges (so there are stray threads here and there). Please note that the dress is weighty and might prove to be uncomfortable for petite frames. In addition, the colors are true black and bright white though the white cotton appears slightly pink in some of the photographs. SIZING & MEASUREMENTS Marked a size 'S' for Small, best fitting U.S. sizes 4 - 6 with attention to the following measurements taken with the dress hooked and snapped closed. For visual reference, the mannequin in the photographs is a size 4. Bust 38" Waist 31" Hips 37" Sleeve Length From Underarm to Cuff 17.5" Shoulder Length Taken Across Back From Sleeve Seam to Seam 15" Length From Shoulder to Hem 45" Length From Shoulder to Waist 13"

Details

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 45 in. (114.3 cm)Marked Size: S (Best Fits 4-6) (US)Bust: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Waist: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Hip: 37 in. (93.98 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian Petticoats (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    Japan
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Rei Kawakubo creates an eccentric dress for her Comme des Garcons replicating the weight and appearance of Victorian petticoats by combining a bright white cotton and black velvet.
  • Condition
    Very good previously owned condition.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU48736957821

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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About the Manufacturer

Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons is one of the world’s most innovative and trailblazing fashion brands, helmed by its inimitable founder, Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo (b. 1942), who has a penchant for breaking fashion and cultural norms. The only living designer apart from Yves Saint Laurent to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Kawakubo has permanently changed fashion with designs that challenge traditional ideas of beauty with a creative and transgressive exuberance.After studying art and literature at Keio University in Tokyo, Kawakubo worked as a freelance stylist before establishing her own label in 1973, opening her first store in Tokyo in 1975. Kawakubo has since been instrumental in pioneering many concepts now familiar in contemporary fashion. One of her most iconic moves was her introduction of androgynous styles (Comme des Garçons means “like the boys” in French) with asymmetrical, twisted silhouettes that envelope the body. While she told the New York Times that the “basics of clothing lie in men’s fashion,” Kawakubo believes in the concept of humanness in clothes, such as titling her spring 1995 show “Transcending Gender.” In the 1970s, when color-blocking was the norm, Kawakubo stuck to her monochromatic color palette dominated by shades of black with uncompromising dedication, although with evocative and powerful use of red and white.Comme des Garçons is also known for an often shocking take on fashion. Deconstructed tailoring, violently slashed fabric and sculptural shapes are some themes that run through the brand’s collections, but Kawakubo never explains the meaning of her conceptual pieces, which fall somewhere between art and fashion. Even though the brand has more commercial offshoots like PLAY, known by the iconic heart motif with eyes, the premier men’s line Homme Plus and the multilabel Dover Street Market that opened in 2004, the essence of Comme des Garçons remains Kawakubo’s otherworldly and undefinable creations, which are impossible to ignore.Find vintage Comme des Garçons shirts, jackets, day dresses and other clothing on 1stDibs.
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