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    Remembering the Moment Jean-Michel Basquiat Became a Fashion Icon

    How Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons runway changed style and art forever in 1986.

    WRITER: Graeme Campbell

    You’ve no doubt seen images of it before. The year is 1986 and Jean-Michel Basquiat is walking Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons Homme Plus SS87 show. Framed by a front row of fashion editors, his expression is a mix of listlessness and timid reserve. The suits he’s been dressed in—stone-hued and double-breasted, clad in a multitude of 19th-century buttons—lend a soft, even schoolboyish vulnerability. They’re boxy yet paradoxically slim, a departure from the artist’s affinity for the oversized Armani power suits that dominated the ’80s.

    LEFT: Jean-Michel Basquiat wears a Comme des Garçons coat. Pictured with Andy Warhol in New York, 1984. Photography by Ron Galella. RIGHT: Basquiat wears a suit to the Rainbow Roof, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, 1985. Photography by Patrick McMullan.   
    LEFT: Robert Rauschenberg during an exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1977. Photography by Jack Mitchell. RIGHT: John Waters in New York, 1987. Photography by Catherine McGann.   
    LEFT: Tupac Shakur attends the "Cowboy Noir - Red Rock West" party at Club USA in New York, 1994. Photography by Ron Galella. RIGHT: Adrien Brody walks the runway at Prada's Fall/Winter 2012 show.   

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