Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the woman behind Comme des Garcons, gave a rare interview to Women's Wear Daily about her Spring 2013 collection, design philosophy, and the state of the fashion industry.

Below are some choice excerpts:

WWD: If you could have invented one garment, what would it be, and why?
R.K.:
 “I would have liked to invent the plain white shirt, with a skirt and pants to go with it.”

WWD: You helped popularize design collaborations. Is it still a stimulating and fruitful path for you?
R.K.:
 “I am always thinking that some interesting possibility, some accidental synergy could occur in a collaboration, and people seem to like it. Even though it is difficult, it is easier for me to make my own things, by myself.”

WWD: Fashion today seems to be more about big business and profits than pure creative expression. Do you agree, and if so, how do you feel about it?
R.K.:
 “Yes, it’s true.…And it’s weakening the power of creation. This is the worst of situations.”

[via wwd]