Comme des Garcons is being honoured as this year’s theme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala entitled ‘the Art of the In-Between’. In a press previewing in Paris today, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, costume director of the MET Andrew Bolton, and founder of Comme des Garcons Rei Kawakubo were all there to unveil parts of the new dramatic retrospective. The only other time there has been an exclusive solo show on a living designer at the MET was the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.
Rei has been a major force in the fashion world since she started out in the 70s. An enigmatic figure, she as always brought a welcome touch of drama and intellectualism to the fashion world. Her collections which will go on show on the 1st of May will be arranged thematically rather than as a timeline of her career.
“She is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. Someone who has subverted the traditional language of fashion.” said Andrew Bolton in today’s announcement. Credited for setting up the iconic retail chain Dover street Market, Bolton commented on her prowess for turning fashion into big business, “She has always explored the intersection between fashion and commerce. From the outset of her career Rei always viewed the creation of fashion and the business of fashion as a unified project. If Andy Warhol proposed business art is the step after art. Rei is a manifestation of this.”
The Art of the In-Between will open at The MET on May 1st. For more go here.