Not currently on display at the V&A

Pair of Shoes

ca. 1995 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Comme des Garçons, French for 'like boys', is a Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, who is also its sole owner. The label was founded by Kawakubo in Tokyo in 1969 and established as a company in Japan in 1973, becoming successful there through the 1970s. Kawakubo's early collections, like Issey Miyake's, incorporated elements of traditional Japanese work-wear. Later collections were more radical and Comme des Garçons's 1981 debut show in Paris created a storm of controversy for its predominate use of black and distressed garment surfaces. Throughout the 1980s, Comme des Garçons's clothes were frequently monochromatic, asymmetrical and draped over the body, often featuring tears, holes and frayed edges.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and techniques
Corduroy
Brief description
Pair of shoes, men's, black corduroy with grey and yellow striped platform soles, Comme des Garçons, Japan, ca. 1995.
Physical description
Black corduroy with grey and yellow striped platform soles.
Dimensions
  • Length: 29cm
  • Width: 10cm
  • Height: 11cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Comme des Garçons Homme Plus'
  • '26.0'
Credit line
Given by Mark Reed
Summary
Comme des Garçons, French for 'like boys', is a Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, who is also its sole owner. The label was founded by Kawakubo in Tokyo in 1969 and established as a company in Japan in 1973, becoming successful there through the 1970s. Kawakubo's early collections, like Issey Miyake's, incorporated elements of traditional Japanese work-wear. Later collections were more radical and Comme des Garçons's 1981 debut show in Paris created a storm of controversy for its predominate use of black and distressed garment surfaces. Throughout the 1980s, Comme des Garçons's clothes were frequently monochromatic, asymmetrical and draped over the body, often featuring tears, holes and frayed edges.
Collection
Accession number
T.85:1, 2-2011

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Record createdMarch 28, 2011
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