Comme des Garçons in Print

Since the brand's inception in 1969, founder Rei Kawakubo has applied a highly particular vision to every aspect of Comme des Garçons. Kawakubo not only reinvented ideas of what fashion and beauty could be, but also extended this to interior, packaging, furniture and graphic design. The company's provocative publications and printed material presented an entirely new way to communicate the brands direction. They worked on a conceptual level by forming associations with artists and designers not directly involved with the fashion industry. In these avant-garde publications the clothes took a backseat whilst contributions from artists and designers such as Gilbert and George, Fischli and Weiss, Kishin Shinoyama, Louise Nevelson and The Boyle Family took centre stage. This intimate linking of fashion and contemporary art means all the Comme des Garçons publications are full of clever visual cues which demonstrate the same deconstructive nature as that seen within the clothes themselves.

LN-CC has gathered an array of Comme des Garçons publications and printed matter which celebrate the single-minded and enigmatic approach to their many projects.

  • Comme des Garcons in Print
  • Comme des Garcons in Print
  • Comme des Garcons in Print
  • Comme Des Garcons 1981 - 1986
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons Six Magazine Volume 1- 8
  • Comme Des Garcons 1981 - 1986
  • Comme Des Garcons 1981 - 1986
  • Comme Des Garcons 1981 - 1986
  • Comme Des Garcons 1981 - 1986
  • Rei Kawakubo and Commes Des Garcons
  • Rei Kawakubo and Commes Des Garcons

Visionaire *20

Visionaire *20

  • Comme des Garçons
  • Distributed Art Pub Inc, 1997
  • Softcover housed in a cardboard box.
  • Edition 2148

For the twentieth edition of Visionaire, Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons were invited to guest-edit the publication and given the creative freedom to redefine its format. The issue was conceived as a visual interview and Rei Kawakubo opened up her archives to select her favourite pieces, to be shot by photographers Mario Sorrenti, Phillip-Lorca diCorcia and Nick Knight. Phillip-Lorca diCorcia took Comme des Garçons to the streets of Hong Kong, while at Rei Kawakubo's request Nick Knight mixed Comme des Garçons with Alexander McQueen and produced one of the most identifiable fashion photographs of the era. The edition features a sealed muslin dress pattern, included to mark the launch of Comme des Garçons 'bump' collection. Visionaire is produced three times a year, this 1997 collaboration became one of their fastest ever selling issues.

Condition note: contains all original parts and sealed muslin dress pattern. Some pages have some slight foxing.


Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons

Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons

  • Dejan Sudjic
  • Rizzoli, 1990
  • Softcover
  • First edition.

Dejan Sudjic's monograph of Comme des Garçons provides the most comprehensive review of the unconventional fashion house yet. Exploring the history behind the brand and its notoriously elusive founder Rei Kawakubo. Dejan Sudjic decodes Kawakubo's design choices and draws parallels between Comme des Garçons and the modernist pioneer Le Corbusier, due to their bridging of fine art and craft. No part of the empire is left untouched, and Dejan Sudjic provides a thorough overview of every aspect, from the clothes to the advertising and interior design.

Condition note: book is fine, clean inside and out, binding tight.


Comme des Garçons 1981 - 1986

Comme des Garçons 1981 - 1986

  • Chikuma Shobo Co. Ltd,1986
  • Hardcover with cardboard slipcase with original Obi-band.

Comme des Garçons 1981-1986 showcases beautifully Rei Kawakubo's groundbreaking and innovative collections from this exciting early period in CDG's history. Stephen Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Hans Feurer amongst others, have contributed to this now seminal and elusive publication which documents a unique moment in fashion history. This large format hardback book is packaged in publisher"s printed slipcase and original obi band.

Condition note: book is fine, clean inside and out, binding tight.


Six, Number 1

Six, Number 1

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1988
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

This, the first issue of Six includes contributions from Hungarian photo journalist André Kertész and features the work of furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray. Included are reproductions of André Kertész's early works such as his 1938 photograph titled 'Rockefeller Centre, New York' which Comme des Garçons adopted for their 1988 spring/summer campaign. Also featured are Kotaro Sugiymama, Michel Sauer, Jean Cocteau and a brief interview with Yohji Yamamoto. This issue was one of the only to include text; subsequent issues were intended to be understood by images alone.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 2

Six, Number 2

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1988
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

The concept behind issue two is presented as a series of juxtapositions of unlikely things with similar forms. The cover art is by German photographer and sculptor Karl Blossfeldt who is known for his close-ups of flora and other organic forms. The issue opens with a remarkable series of images of great feats of architecture, some which feature large fold out pages. It then proceeds to colour reproductions of four of Gilbert and George's works of art, as well as images of the Comme des Garçons autumn/winter 1988 collection.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 3

Six, Number 3

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1989
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

Issue three of Six magazine focuses on microscopic details and features cover art from 'Wonder book of Science'. Black and white assemblages are by Pierre Boucher with words from Luc Dietrich titled 'Frieze'. Close up images of checker patterned arrangements are provided by the artist collective Boyle Family and are intended to mirror the patterns appearing in the women's spring/summer 1989 collection. Also featured are large reproductions from Fischli and Weiss's 'Equilibres' project and cooking with Azzedine Alaia. Photographs of the Comme des Garçons collection were taken by Max Vadukul and Peter Lindbergh.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 4

Six, Number 4

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1989
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

This issue of Comme des Garçons Six magazine contains contributions from a mixture of great photographers. Featured are large reproductions of the work of Robert Frank, Arthur Elgort, Josef Koudeika, Saul Leiter, Peter Lindbergh and Mike and Doug Stern. This unusual mix of conceptual photographers and fashion portrait photographers perfectly encapsulates Comme des Garçons unconventional artistic direction.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 5

Six, Number 5

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1990
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

Six magazine number five comes as three separate oversized pamphlets. The cover image of a sunflower is by Lilo Hess and was adopted for much of the promotional material that year. Featured in this issue are photographs of the spring/summer 1990 homme collection styled on actor John Malkovich, musician John Laurie and painter Enzo Cucchi whose abstract, expressionist paintings are also featured inside. Other contributors include Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Brian Griffin and a feature on jewellery designer Line Vautrin.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 6

Six, Number 6

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1990
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

This issue contains contributions from portrait photographer Brian Griffin, Peter Lindbergh and Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama. A large chunk of the publication is taken up with reproductions of the primitivist paintings of Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani. Also featured is the work of Salvador Dali and Dino Buzzati, and this provocative mixture of art, photography and fashion promoted Comme des Garçons in the most oblique way.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 7

Six, Number 7

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1991
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

The seventh issue of Six magazine contains a varied mix of fashion photographers each interpreting the Comme des Garçons spring/summer 1991 collection. Photographers included are Christian Moser, David Seidner, Brian Griffin, Juergen Teller and Javier Vallhonrat. Also featured is 'Mrs. Charles Sweeny (Margaret, Duchess of Argyll) as Helen of Troy', 1935 by Madame Yevonde who was an advocate for early colour photography.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Six, Number 8

Six, Number 8

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1991
  • Softcover with original printed bag
  • First edition

The final issue of Six magazine features a black and white cover image of American sculptor Louise Nevelson. Also featured inside are Debbie Harry, Farida Khelfa, Andy Warhol and Dennis Hopper to name a few. Contributing photographers are Javier Vallhonrat, Juergen Teller and Peter Lindbergh.

Comme des Garçons explored the theme of the sixth sense via their biannual oversized A3 unstapled magazine titled 'Six'. The magazines were printed between 1988 and 1991, and in total eight issues were produced to coincide with the launch of their new collections. The magazine visually represented the brand in a way that no other fashion company had before. Rei Kawakubo invited Tsuguya Inoue to art direct and Atsuko Kozasu to edit the issues, whilst contributions came from different designers and artists, many of whom had not previously worked in fashion.

Condition note: the full set of issues from one to eight are being sold together. Every issue is in good condition. Each comes with its original printed bag, some have slight wear.


Mondongo Mailers

Mondongo Mailers

  • Comme des Garçons. Ltd, 2008
  • 16 softcover flyers with individual envelopes

'Mondongo' is an Argentine artist collective formed in 1999 by Juliana Laffitte, Manuel Mendanha and Agustina Picasso. The name for the collective is taken from the title of a traditional Argentine tripe stew. Like the traditional dish, the collective use a vat of different ingredients to cause creative chaos. Amongst the imagery depicted is little red riding hood and giggling babies, made from unconventional materials like dry pasta, sausages, plasticine and coloured thread, which undoubtedly required a laborious amount of work to stick down so intricately. This deconstructive and endlessly imaginative trio attracted the attention of Rei Kawakubo who invited them to represent the notoriously elusive founder and Comme des Garçons on all promotional material for the entirety of 2008. Sold here are one to sixteen of the mailers sent that year containing Mondongo's artwork.

Condition note: Good condition. Issue's one, thirteen and fourteen are without envelopes.


1990-1999 Calendar

1990-1999 Calendar

  • Comme des Garçons, Ltd, 1990
  • Two large posters housed in a soft envelope.

This 1990-1999 calendar displays Comme des Garçons ability to create pieces that stretch beyond what is expected. The calendar contains two separate parts each measuring a large 1.5 by 1.0 metres. One features a repeat pattern of a whale fin, whilst the other features a grid of 3,285 numbers to represent every day of the year between 1900 and 1999. Each folds down to A2 and is housed in a large white envelope.

Condition note: Some yellowing from age. Comes with original envelope.