Visiting the Met’s Rei Kawakubo exhibit made me wonder which menswear designers have been pushing the boundaries between Art and Fashion, garment and sculpture, functional and ornamental, menswear and womenswear, real and unreal, etc… Far from me the idea to list all those analytical points but just desire to find equivalents of what Rei Kawakubo has been doing for almost 30 years. This first round is focusing on Raf Simons (for himself and Jil Sander) and J.W. Anderson, who shared with Simons the same daring attitude at his beginning before establishing a more personal aesthetic later on. Second part will go online tomorrow.

Raf Simons

Jil Sander (by Raf Simons)

J.W. Anderson