Description: Comme des Garçons has always had a reputation as an anti-fashion house, more often concerned with making an artistic statement than setting new fashion trends. Its founder, Rei Kawakubo, took that concept even further in 1988 when she started Six, a biannual arts journal that ran until 1991.
While you probably won't be able to find any copies of the actual magazine, you can now download its archives for free on your iPad with Comme des Garçons' new app, Moving Six. It just might be the most stylish app to come out all year, complete with pages of beautiful work by Kawakubo and an impressive roster of artists including fashion photographer Steven Meisel and Karl Blossfeldt, the German photographer who used a homemade camera to magnify specimens from the natural world.
MERI Media, who has collaborated with brands like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Gucci, has done a fantastic job of making the once-static pages of Six come alive for the iPad's Retina display. Aside from tilting and swiping photos, you also have the option to compare two images side by side, creating an impromptu diptych. Even cooler is the ability to peel away layers of composite pieces, revealing each image underneath.
It's a testament to just how committed the Japanese label is to its artistic roots that its app isn't just a dressed-up conduit for online shopping. Like Comme des Garçons' stunning if confusingly circuitous website, Moving Six is not about commerce, at least not in the direct sense. It's another way for Kawakubo to express her own creativity and that of the artists she admires—plus it'll impress your house guests a lot more than having a game of Angry Birds open on your iPad.
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—Keith Wagstaff is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Follow him @kwagstaff.