The Work of Rei Kawakubo to be Honored at 2017 Met Gala

The Work of Rei Kawakubo to be Honored at 2017 Met Gala

Comme des Garçons will take center stage at the Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition.

Comme des Garçons will take center stage at the Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition.

The theme for the 2017 Met Gala, and Costume Institute exhibition, has been announced: Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons. The Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed last Friday, adding that the visionary will also serve as honorary chair. The last time the museum honored a living designer with a solo exhibition was in 1983 with Yves Saint Laurent (Alexander McQueen's came in 2011, one year after his death).

The exhibition’s curator, Andrew Bolton, explains the decision, saying, “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.”

The retrospective will begin as far back as 1981 with the debut collection of Comme des Garçons, of which Kawakubo helms. Over 120 womenswear pieces will be on display, staged in contrasting concepts: male/female, East/West, past/present.

Co-chairs for the event are Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Anna Wintour.

Credits: Cover Image Photographed by Steven Klein

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