Met Gala 2017 to honour Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo

Met Gala 2017 to honour Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo

A living legend

Text: Wei Yeen Loh

Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole focal point of the Met's Costume Institute exhibition and gala

Metropolitan Museum of Art has just announced that Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo will be the subject for its 2017 Costume Institute exhibition and gala happening May 1, 2017. The museum will also pay homage to the boundary-breaking designer with an exhibit of Kawakubo's 120 womenswear designs from the first Comme des Garçons runway collection in 1981 to present, arranged according to contrasting themes. Audience can actually view a close-up of the designs as it will be placed "at eye-level" without any barriers impeding the view, as the museum's idea of illustrating the designer's revolutionary experiments in "in-betweenness".


According to a news release from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the institute's lead curator Andrew Bolton mentions that "Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time."


Kawakubo is also the honorary chair for the 2017 Met Gala along with Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. The Japanese designer is most famous for her mind-blowingly surrealistic concepts that she churns out under her label Comme des Garçons every Paris Fashion Week—from two-dimensional, flat and oversized silhouettes from her AW2012 collection to a requiem-like collection of massive clothes that was an 'exercise in suffering' in AW2015. Let's just say we can't wait to see what the gala attendees will wear in tribute to the legendary designer come May 2017. 


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