TASCHEN is gearing up to release individual books on influential fashion moguls Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo.  With designs that explore his adoration for women and the female form, Yohji Yamamoto set about creating anti-fashion through fashion. His designs are both intellectual and utilitarian. The book Yohji Yamamaoto features 30 years of the influence his imagery has left on the industry. Rei Kawakubo, owner and creator of Japanese fashion house COMME des Garcons is a self-made, untrained designer. When she first created the label with radical asymmetry and purposefully unfinished pieces, mixed into a reserved white and black palate, she pushed the convention of design. Eventually adding color but refusing to declare a set style, COMME des Garcons creates conceptual art rather than simply fashion. The book, Rei Kawakubi, explores her work with COMME des Garcons, which reaches far beyond apparel in to the realms of architecture, furniture, and graphic design. Both titles will be in stores December 30, 2012 and can be pre-ordered now via Amazon for $24.55 each.

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