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A free Comme des Garçons exhibition is on at the NGV right now

Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Comme and get it.

Over the coming months, the National Gallery of Victoria will be bursting with exhibitions worth checking out, thanks to the current KAWS show and upcoming Keith Haring x Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit.

But, for a bit of free entertainment, the gallery is also hosting an exhibition dedicated to Comme des Garçons and fashion icon Rei Kawakubo.

Collecting Comme will feature more than 65 Comme outfits, stretching all the way back to Kawakubo’s first presentation in 1981.

Since then, the designer has become one of the most innovative, revered names in the industry thanks to her commitment to the weird and wonderful.

Drawing from more than 40 different collections – including the ironically radical 1997 Body Meets Dress-Dress Meets Body release – the exhibition not only recognises but celebrates Kawakubo’s habit of defying and reframing convention.

You’ll also find 13 additional works designed by her protégés, Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara, to show the impact she’s had on the industry.

The free exhibition will run until July 26 next year. For more information, head here.

ngv.vic.gov.au

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