"The theme of the collection this time is MONSTER," explains Kawakubo. "It's not about the typical Monster you find in sci-fi and video games. The expression of the Monsters I have made has a much deeper meaning. The craziness of humanity, the fear we all have, the feeling of going beyond common sense, the absence of ordinariness, expressed by something extremely big, by something that could be ugly or beautiful. In other words, I wanted to question the established standards of beauty."
The beauty monster is just that when you look at what people voluntarily do to their appearance in the name of becoming more comely. Kawakubo's correct. They look like monsters. They creep people out and elicit exactly the opposite response from what they were hoping to achieve when they endured so many surgeries. “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster," observed Friedrich Nietzsche. "For when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
This podcast discusses how this relates to the Apocalytical fashion tribe. Enjoy!
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott