I’m scared of her because I respect her so much. She never smiles. She always looks like she’s been sitting in a cell thinking about hemlines for two years like a Catholic saint who gave up everything to think about how to deconstruct clothes. You don’t see her sense of humor when you meet her — she always wears leather and black and seems to be surrounded by bald-headed women. I think, of course, she has a great sense of humor. No one could design clothes that witty who didn’t. I think you can be very serious about your work and have a sense of humor, too. I am very serious about my work and I try to make good trash.
— John Waters on Rei Kawakubo. From "Rei Kawakubo, I’m Your Biggest Fan," September, 1998. (via papermagazine)