And the Met Gala 2017 Theme Is...
Next spring's Met Exhibit will explore Rei Kawakubo's unparalleled career at the helm of Comme des Garçons, the museum's "first monograph show... to focus on a living designer since its Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983" (Vogue.com).
The exhibition will showcase over 100 Comme des Garçons designs from various points in Kawakubo's career, and will hone in on concepts and motifs she has explored since her inception of the prolific Japanese fashion house. "The pieces will be arranged by contrasting themes (East/West, male/female, past/present), which touch upon Kawakubo’s fascination with “in-betweenness.” The mannequins featuring Kawakubo’s designs will also be more accessible than ever, as they will be placed at eye-level without any glass or other physical barriers between them and the viewer" (Vogue.com).
If the Costume Institute's previous track record of shows is any indication of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons projected success, fashion lovers and curious observers alike are in for a memorable and immersive introduction into Kawakubo's creative universe.