Essay by Mariuccia Casadio
Art Editor of Vogue Italia
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel
In fashion, the best work has been done by scissors, cutters and nowadays also lasers, which can cut and cut alive materials and fabrics of every kind, as well as convoluted and fairly complicated shapes, with great accuracy. It is a revolutionary process, which Rei Kawakubo then evolves further, putting in the background every burden of fit and functionality to make the dress a sculpture, or a two-dimensional design, or a flat shape like a pillowcase, or a three-dimensional self-supporting structure like an object, an ornament, a piece of design. A dress to inhabit, to wear, but also to contemplate, which enchants with its rounded or asymmetrical lines, its cuts, and its overripe. Its parts unexpectedly padded, raised, draped, turned upside down, and with its fabric and non- woven liasons, pl...