It’s safe to say that fashion folk are biting their nails in anticipation of the Met’s upcoming exhibition, Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which will celebrate and explore the designer’s singular aesthetic, approach, and 40-year career. With that in mind, it would be silly for a vintage store not to capitalize on the current CDG craze, but vintage store and archive Resurrection’s Homage to Rei: 40 Years of Comme des Garçons stands out. It’s not simply a gaggle of CDG wares thrown together to be flung at shoppers at outrageous prices. Rather, it is a carefully—even lovingly—curated selection of over 100 pieces put together by the vintage outpost’s co-founder Katy Rodriguez, who is a true CDG expert—after all, she and Resurrection have been collecting and selling Kawakubo’s work for over 20 years. The sale, which is on now, features garments from famed collections like 1997’s “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body,” 1996’s “Flowering Clothes,” and 2007’s Fall outing, which dealt with girlhood, coming of age, and sex, and boasted those unforgettable pants and jackets embellished with grasping 3D hands. Also on offer are jackets from Fall 2012’s 2D collection, ensembles from the haunting Spring 2006 “Broken Bride” outing, ruffled harness looks from Fall 2008’s “Bad Taste” romp, and so, so much more from the 1980s all the way through 2016.
As a CDG obsessive myself, I can say entering Resurrection’s sale-cum-exhibition, which is located at 45 Great Jones Street, is somewhat of a religious experience. Nowhere else have I been able to touch, ogle, try on, and yes, buy such essential and rare pieces of CDG history. Even if you aren’t looking to splurge on some seriously special Comme finds, Resurrection’s CDG sale is worth a visit for anyone interested in fashion, if only to marvel at the clothes’ shape, construction, and fabrication. Here, Rodriguez speaks with Fashion Unfiltered about collecting Comme, why it’s one of the most woman-friendly fashion houses, and why there’s nothing quite like CDG.
Katharine K. Zarrella: What makes Comme des Garçons so collectable?
Katy Rodriguez: Originality, availability—or actually, unavailability—and that it takes most people a few years to catch up to Rei’s visions.
KKZ: Do you remember the first piece you acquired personally? What drew you to it?
KR: That’s a tough question. My memory is not what it used to be. But I recall seeing the editorial and advertising campaigns in the 1980s first, and then being struck by how different the clothes were. I was drawn to the pureness, beauty, and sensitivity of the clothes—the label, the care tag. Everything was considered. It was a powerful moment.
KKZ: Have you purchased any pieces that you refuse to part with?
KR: Sure, I love the 1983 and 1984 collections. I have a lot of pieces from those collections. I don’t really part with much of that stuff. It was such a cool moment when things started to be totally different from the 1970s. I also love Fall 1994, Fall 1996, Spring 1997, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2012…I guess I’m drawn to the Fall collections.
KKZ: What pieces do you find your clients asking for most frequently?
KR: Our clients ask for the greatest things we can find. I have a lot of people for the early pieces, but then people are also crazy for the glove pieces and the flat collection [Fall 2012]. 40 years of material makes for a lot of requests.