The Met Must-See: Rei Kawakubo

The Met Must-See: Rei Kawakubo
May 10, 2017

She’s the cult-favourite Japanese fashion designer famous for crafting edgy, intelligent clothing that transforms style and street looks for those who dare to wear…

The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue, running from 4 May to 4 Sep 2017, examines the work of Rei Kawakubo (born in 1942), known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty and taste. Her creative clothes have influenced designers and architects, subverting cliched views of the body and wearability, conflating East and West, male and female, and contrasting techniques and construction methods, to form dynamic hybrid identities.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between features around 150 examples of Kawakubo’s jaw-dropping womenswear designs for her 1969-founded label Commes des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to recent collections. Pieces are organised into eight key aesthetic directions, representing “the in-between” in her work: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject and Clothes/Not Clothes. It’s the experimental space between boundaries that fascinates Kawakubo, who seeks to break down such arbitrary divides. Her revolutionary spirit is celebrated in this thematic exhibition, the first monographic show on a living designer since The Met’s 1983 homage to Yves Saint Laurent.

Until 4 Sep, 2017.

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