Rei Kawakubo: ‘Acting Silly, Showing Off, Being a Celebrity Designer Are All Are Integral and Necessary Parts of the Fashion Business’

One of Kawakubo's recent runway looks. Photo: PATRICK KOVARIK/2010 AFP

Rei Kawakubo tells The Wall Street Journal: “I don't feel too excited about fashion today, more fearful that people don't necessarily want or need strong new clothes, that there are not enough of us believing in the same thing, that there is a kind of burnout, that people just want cheap fast clothes and are happy to look like everyone else, that the flame of creation has gone a bit cold, that enthusiasm and passionate anger for change and rattling the status quo is weakening. But what I still love about it is that playing the fool, acting silly, showing off, being a celebrity designer are all integral and necessary parts of the fashion business.” [WSJ]