The Devil in the Flesh. See Cathy Horyn Live at MOCA Detroit.

March 13, 2008 • Events


You’ve dared to refute her and secretly want to be her… come see the devil in the flesh speak at MOCA and catch a glimpse of the legend:

Thursday, March 20 at 7pm
to accompany the exhibition: ReFusing Fashion: Rei Kawakubo Founder of Comme des Garçons
February 8-April 20, 2008

New York Times fashion critic and former Detroit News fashion journalist (1986-1990) Cathy Horyn returns to Detroit to talk on Rei Kawakubo’s history in the field of fashion, her work process based in Tokyo, why she has such a singular vision of clothes and women, and what this means in an era when much of fashion is designed by groups of people. Horyn, whose writing has been called ‘socially astute’ and ‘critical’, is well-known to those who have followed her work at The New York Times since 1999, and before that, at Vanity Fair, as the fashion and Hollywood correspondent, and from 1990-1994 as the fashion writer at The Washington Post. Please join us for a rare lecture by Horyn as she addresses Detroit in a public lecture forum with Q&A on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm.

Horyn is the author of the book Bare Blass (Harper Collins 2002) with American designer Bill Blass and maintains a blogsite at, a treasure trove of commentary and interactions straight from the runway. "Fashion," says Horyn, "like politics, is an insider’s game. It’s meant to be played at its liveliest." In Cathy Horyn, MOCAD is pleased to present one of fashion’s most celebrated critics on one of the most elusive designers in the world: Rei Kawakubo.

Rei Kawakubo (b. 1942), established the high fashion house Comme des Garçons in Tokyo in 1973. Kawakubo’s concepts originate from her education in fine arts and literature rather than a formal fashion design training. Driven by concepts, she is known for conveying her ideas verbally to her patternmakers to interpret. Kawakubo is considered a key figure in re-defining sexual identity in new terms of feminity, and is often discussed in the company of such figures as Coco Chanel, Elsa Shiaparelli, and Vivienne Westwood. With the introduction of her line in Paris in 1981, Kawakubo created a sensation with her androgynous and innovative design, and solidified her stature as one of the three major avant-garde designers from Japan, alongside Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto.

The exhibition closes April 20, 2008. This event is free and open to the public.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is located at 4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201. Reach us by phone at (313) 832-6622. Museum hours are 11-5 Wednesdays and Sundays; 11-8 Thursday – Saturday, unless otherwise posted.

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-Joanne Molina

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