It’s long been rumored that the forthcoming Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition and gala will highlight Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo. This morning, those rumors were confirmed and nobody should be mad about it. Entitled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons,” the exhibit will include some 120 pieces by the Japanese designer, highlighting the dualities (East/West, male/female, past/present) found in her pieces.
Kawakubo is a visionary whose clothes will translate stunningly to an exhibition space and given the East meets West nature of the designer’s practice, not to mention her diehard celeb fans, I predict that this will be the Met’s most successful exhibit to date. This also marks the monograph dedicated to a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983.
As Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s chief curator, told Vogue:
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
Celebs better start getting their paws on that vintage Comme for the gala on May 1st. It’s going to be a good one.