Many designers work with the goal of making women look good. Ms. Kawakubo seems to work with the goal of making women look again.
Officially, Ms. Kawakubo does not speak English, communicating her Delphic instructions via her husband, translator and company president, Adrian Joffe, though she understands more than she lets on, and if sufficiently interested or engaged, will lean forward to address an English speaker directly. Mostly, her silence seems useful and convenient, as it discourages two things she abhors: explanation and interpretation. (She will never offer more insight, publicly, into any of her collections than the enigmatic title she gives each one.)
-Matthew Scheier ‘Rei Kawakubo, the Nearly Silent Oracle of Fashion‘ The New York Times