Chaotic Installations: What’s New Inside Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market Stores Worldwide.

The Dover Street Market is a unique environment dreamed up by former Commes des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. The purpose of the DSM (Dover Street Market) is to disrupt the fast fashion and retail system and to offer a space for fashion designers and artists to present their work to the world.

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Melitta Baumeister fashion art installation at the Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

The experimental fashion hub is a new kind of shopping experience that celebrates creativity, decries conformity and ignores established principles of retail. It is a place where streetwear collides with luxury, where young designers line up with world famous icons, and designers are free to make their own spaces.

The original store in Mayfair, London opened in 2004. Since then Rei Kawakubo has launched DSM stores in Ginza, New York and Los Angeles. Each one has its own personality and features the greats in fashion along with emerging talent and local designers and artists¹.

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Original light fixture inside the Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

The recent addition in LA is a 15,000-square-foot (1,393-square-metres) ground floor space with a variety of fashion art installations across the store. The Los Angeles location features installations by six celebrated artists including Warren Muller, Lyn Dillin, Bjorn Dahlem, Yuichi Higashionna, Gary Card and Stuart Haygarth. The installations change regularly and each is custom designed and fabricated by designers or in collaboration with local artists.

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Dover Street Market installation for the opening of the Los Angeles location. (Photo: Pia Riverola for *Wallpaper Magazine)

Here are the some of the most creative fashion art installations inside Dover Street Market stores worldwide.

Dover Street Market Los Angeles

Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Commes des Garçons

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Commes des Garçons fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

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Doublet

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Doublet fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Jacquemus

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Jacquemus fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Brain Dead

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Brain Dead fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Sacai

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Sacai fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Simone Roche

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Simone Rocha fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Women’s Young Creatives (General Area)

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Women’s Young Creation (General Area) fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Pat McGrath Labs x The Met

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Pat McGrath Labs x The MET fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Undercover

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Undercover Menswear fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Maison Margiela

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Maison Margiela fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Los Angeles.

Dover Street Market Ginza

Gucci Hat Parade

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Gucci Hat Parad fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Ginza.

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DSM Book Shelf

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DSM (Dover Street Market) Book Shelf art installation at Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Chrome Hearts

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Chrome Hearts fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Undercover Men’s wear

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Undercover Men’s wear fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Ginza.

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Nemeth

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Nemeth fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Dover Street Market New York

Marine Serre

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Marine Serre fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in New York.

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Dover Street Market London

Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones fashion art installation at the Dover Street Market in London.

Raf Simons

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Raf Simons fashion art installation at the Dover Street Market in London.

Dover Street Market Sneakers (General Area)

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Dover Street Market London Sneaker fashion art installation.

Dover Street Market Women’s (General Area)

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Dover Street Market London fashion art installation for Women’s General Area.

Commes des Garcons

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Commes des Garçons fashion art installation at Dover Street Market in London.

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¹ Wallpaper* Magazine: “Retail rebellion: we trace Dover Street Market’s first decade of boundary-pushing design.” (2014)

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