Mar 07, 2017 9:30AM
Rei Kawakubo Details Mega Comme Des Garçons Met Retrospective
Last year it was officially announced that in 2017 we'd get to watch naturally unstylish celebrities attempt to wear Met Gala outfits motivated by the ideas and aesthetics of Comme Des Garçons' legendary Rei Kawakubo. And, as interesting/lol as that might be, the real deal is what accompanies the gala: a months-long retrospective of the designers work for the label titled Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.
Not a whole lot of detail was released when the news first broke. Some quotes frokm The Met's director saying: "In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing." And quotes from Rei saying: "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."
But now we, after a rare conference with Rei and an update on The Met's website, we have more details about the exhibition. It's feature around 150 pieces by Rei, from the 1980s until now, and will be ordered in a very Comme way: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.
Object/Subject will apparently feature the very well loved 'Lumps and Bumps' collection, while Clothes/Not Clothes will include the Rei's last eight, more sculptural seasons. We ready.
Photo: Paolo Roversi; Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art