The Met Gala 2017 celebrated the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition with the titel Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
The Met Gala 2017 arrived! On May 1, New York‘s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the Met Gala – also known as “fashion’s biggest night out” – and celebrated the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition. This year, they honor Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo with an exhibition entitled: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”. The Costume Institute Benefit was co-chaired by Katy Perry, Anna Wintour and Pharrell Williams, with Kawakubo serving as honorary chair.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years“, commented Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s curator in charge. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
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The exhibit will feature about 150 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons – dating back to the early 1980s, all the way to her most recent collection. The objects will be arranged by eight contrasting themes like Fashion/Anti-Fashion, which illustrate Kawakubo’s fascination with the space between boundaries: the “in-betweenness”. Exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness, the Japanese fashion designer breaks down the imaginary walls between the dualism.
Spreading its slogan “Wear your freedom”, Comme des Garçons (French for “like some boys”) is a Japanese fashion label founded and headed by Rei Kawakubo. Comme des Garçons is based in Tokyo and also in the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris.
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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 4 to September 4, 2017. See it in person while you can.