COMME des GARÇONS HOMME PLUS SS17 Drawstring Crewneck Shirt
This shirt featured prominently in Comme des Garçons Homme Plus’ SS17 collection. The show was entitled, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, after the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. The story follows an emperor hoodwinked by charlatans into paying a king’s ransom for absolutely nothing. He is convinced that he has purchased finary that appears invisible to those incompetent, when he is simply parading through the streets completely naked.
The tale in recent history, has become an idiom used to denounce high fashion - namely for expensive clothes that do not appear so. Particularly clothes with tears, holes, unfinished hems or that are deliberately synthetic. Rei Kawakubo’s show of course, consisted of exactly that: plastic PVC that was almost entirely transparent, and garments that seemed unfinished.
This shirt was used as a layer to emphasise the theme in a total of six looks. It is constructed from a fine cotton and features a wide collarless neck with exposed seams and drawstrings that together make it reminiscent of a medieval peasants top. This has been recontextualised into an unconventional take on a classic white shirt. T-shirt meets button up.
Made in Japan
Composition: 100% Cotton
Condition: 8.5/10 - Small mark to rear sleeve.
Fit: True to size
Shoulder Width: 50.5cm
Body Length: 76cm
Sleeve Length: 64.5cm