Comme des Garçons Is The 2017 Met Gala Exhibition Theme!
Woo, it's officially official! The Metropolitan Museum of Art's next Costume Institute show, and accompanying Gala, will focus on inimitable Japanese label Comme des Garçons and it's legendary founder Rei Kawakubo. Literally cannot wait to see how Met Gala attendees interpret the theme for the next annual slay-fest.
This is the second time a designer will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Met, with Rei joining Yves Saint Laurent as the only two living fashion designers to have a show devoted to them. The Yves exhibition happened all the way back in 1983, so this is pretty, pretty big news for Comme and all its stans.
Director and chief executive officer of The Met, Thomas P. Campbell, summed up Rei's significance as an artist v well, saying: "In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing."
The exhibition will run from May 4 until September, and will showcase 120 examples of Rei's womenswear designs, starting with her first runway show in Paris in 1981 and running all the way up to her recent most collection.
Rei had some very Rei things to say about the exhibition, telling WWD: "I have always pursued a new way of thinking of design… by denying established values, conventions and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion… imbalance… unfinished… elimination… and absence of intent."
Could not be more stoked with this decisison!
Photo: SS97 Comme des Garçons Ad Campaign