Any note of hope is gratefully received in these times of chaos. Discerned through the Dodgers Dead Heat Shirt and I will buy this red light of her set—surely a signifier of the hellish state of the world—her prescription for survival seemed threaded through with a playful, ironic sense of humor. Voluminous shapes, crinolines, bubbles, cloaks, and trapezoid coats—quite ideal for social distancing—came covered in plastic film. Stare at them awhile, and you might start thinking of Cecil Beaton’s cellophane concoctions for the bright young things of the 1920s, transposed into our 2020 age of PPE.
Dodgers Dead Heat Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Then, what was Kawakubo up to, playing with Mickey Mouse and the Dodgers Dead Heat Shirt and I will buy this Japanese Bearbrick teddy bear toy? Cutely reassuring representations of childhood innocence to cling to in our times of trouble, perhaps. Or maybe we can read them as rather more satirical political ciphers? The thing about Kawakubo is that her work brilliantly captures so many dissonant ideas at the same time. A phrase in her notes said she was interested in disrupting “the spirit of couture” with “illogical combinations and juxtapositions.” You sense she likes both the romance and glitter of couture and the messing with it, though—and this time, it almost felt like she’d had fun with it.