rei meets sooja.

One of the amazing things about Comme des Garçons collections is that they come without a commentary. You are free to let your heart and mind wander in search of a hidden meaning, and there is a high chance it will be slightly different to the person sitting next to you, or me behind the computer screen. For the purpose of documenting the thought, or writing practice perhaps, or for no reason at all, I decided to add to the pool of articles by people who can only access Paris Fashion Week through the archive of


My mind wandered to Kim Sooja's Bottari.



Bottari are bundles made by recycling old beddings or clothes, which were traditionally painstakingly sewn together from scraps of fabric by Korean women to transport various household goods when moving to another place. Kim Sooja used these in a number of her video performances, such as Cities on the Move - 2727km Bottari Truck, when she travelled on a truck loaded with bottari, connecting all the places she'd ever lived in Korea.

ボタリとは韓国の女性が古い寝具や服をリサイクルしてつくった伝統的な包みだ。その包みは、引っ越しする時に家財を移動するために使われるものだ。韓国のアーティスト、キム・スージャはそういう包みを「Cities on the Move - 2727km Bottari Truck」などのパーフォマンスで使った。「Cities on the Move - 2727km Bottari Truck」でキムはボタリをトラックに積んで、今まで住んできた場所に旅行した。

While Kim's work is very closely tied (bad pun unintended) to her cultural background and Kawakubo's not necessarily so, both of them can be interpreted in a wider context. In the words of A. Reckert, Kim's Bottari are 'the story of a passage, a story of departure, travel, and arrival.' And the same could be said about CdG's AW15 collection. Perhaps it's a commentary on the increasingly nomadic nature of our globalised society. It also seems to remind us that no matter where we run (away) to, there are bundles we will always carry with us - bundles of our personal past, bundles that should be treasured, because they make us who we are.

キムの作品は韓国文化と密着しているが、川久保の作品は必ずしも日本文化と関係ないと言えども、その作品は共通点もあるとも考えられる。A. Reckert(が述べた通り、キムの「ボタリ」は「通行の物語で、出発、旅行と到着の物語だ。」そういう面から見ると、コムデギャルソンの秋冬15コレクションも同じではないか。私たちの国際的な社会の「nomadism」(遊牧)を表現するコレクションではないかと思われる。そして、どこに行って(逃げて)も、私たちを形づいた「包み」のような私たちの過去などはいつも私たちの背中にかかっていると注意するコレクションだと考えられる。

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