Byline: Robin Givhan
The CFDA fetes a fashion sphinx.
In a culture that presumes a universal addiction to fame, Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo--one of the most influential designers in the industry--steadfastly abstains. She does not take a bow at the end of her shows. She does not tweet. Her public utterances are miserly at best. This elusiveness has heightened her reputation as a fashion oracle, whose clothes are like premonitions in boiled wool and nylon.
This summer, as the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrates its 50th anniversary, it will honor Kawakubo with its International Award on June 4. Film director John Waters, an ardent admirer, …