Studied literature and philosophy at Keio University, Tokyo. No formal fashion training, but worked as a photo stylist, designing the clothes she needed. Company incorporated 1973. First shown in Paris, 1981(jointly with Yohji Yamamoto). Chevalier des Arts et Lettres of France, 1993. Designers for Comme des Garcons with their own sub-labels: Junya Watanabe (from 1992) Tao Kurihara (from 2005) See separate entries.