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Harold Koda (Author), Sylvia Lavin (Author), Marsha Miro (Author, Editor), Judith Thurman (Author), Michael Stone-Richards (Author), Linda Dresner (Editor), Susanne Hilberry (Editor)

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2010
138 pages
Full colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780979199141

This volume was published after the exhibition ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit.

The purpose of the exhibition was to present Kawakubo's clothes, shops, designed ephemera-like posters and advertisements, and her collaborations with architects, photographers, and the great dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham.

The book was designed to capture the flowing exhibition from all angles. The book designers and exhibition photographer developed a system of standing in fixed locations throughout the space and taking photos while turning around in a 360 degree circle. The photos start on the cover and continue throughout the book, alternating with pages of text, to create a sense that the pages have insides and outsides similar to clothing.

In addition to photographs of the exhibition, the book includes photos by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders of Kawakubo's costume designs for Merce Cunningham, photos from select Comme des Garcons fashion shows, a chronology, and essays by Harold Koda, curator in charge at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, architect Sylvia Lavin, Judith Thurman, writer for the New Yorker, and art historian Michael Stone-Richards.


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