Six Magazine Issue 5 by Comme des Garçons. Ltd, 1989-1991. In 1988, 15 years after founding Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo launched Six Magazine. A biannual publication, it featured visual elements with only a few bits of writing included. Working with designer Tsuguya Inoue and editor Atsuko Kozasu, Kawakubo published a total of eight issues, each release coinciding with the launch of Comme des Garçons’ latest collection. The format of the magazine—oversize unstapled pages—gave prominence to the artwork of contributors including Bruce Weber, Kishin Shinoyama, Gilbert & George and Minsei Tominaga. Now collectors’ items, the issues are considered by many to be aesthetic treasures. Kawakubo maintained that she pulled inspiration only from her own imagination in all of her work, hence Six Magazine is not a mere catalogue of references but a testament to the impact that Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons have had on fashion and the wider world. In The New York Times, Kawakubo explained her vision for the magazine: “High fashion has to have a mystery about it. This is the next step: visual representation of the collection, purely for image.” — Thanks to Andreas Murkudis for kindly allowing us to photograph issues of Six Magazine from his private collection. "High fashion has to have a mystery about it. This is the next step: visual representation of the collection, purely for image.” TwitterFacebookPinterest "High fashion has to have a mystery about it. This is the next step: visual representation of the collection, purely for image.” Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Fashion Issue 19 Camille Tanoh Camille Tanoh found his niche working for Pierre Hardy and Paul Smith. Now he’s blazing a path for the next generation of French designers.