The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the new theme for its 2017 Costume Institute exhibition. It will honour the founder and designer of cult Japanese brand Comme des Garçons – Rei Kawakubo. Traditionally opening the first Monday in May, it will be the second ever Met Gala focused on a living designer since Yves Saint Laurent retrospective exhibit in 1983.
Met gala is the Superbowl of the fashion and social events. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Every year Anna Wintour, the chairwoman of the event, throws the biggest red carpet extravaganza with the hardest party ticket to get, to fundraise Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
The 2017 exhibit will feature about 120 Rei Kawakubo’s designs from Comme des Garçons archive, dating back to the label’s first runway collection in 1981, all the way to its most recent shows.
And it just may have similar success as 2013’s hugely popular Alexander McQueen retrospective, Savage Beauty, which went on tour after becoming one of the museum’s most visited exhibitions of all time, according to WWD.
Rei Kawakubo is undoubtedly the queen of anti-fashion and Kawakubo’s iconoclastic vision made her one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century.