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

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A model presents a creation by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons during the autumn-winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear collection show on March 6, 2010 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/Patrick Kovarik (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
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]