The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting its 2017 Met Gala 2017 tonight, and opening the Costume Institute exhibition on May 4th. The theme of this year is Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons. This will be the first monograph show at the museum to focus on a living designer since the 1983 exhibit on Yves Saint Laurent.
Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute, said, “Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
In this year’s spectacular exhibit, 120 Comme Des Garçons womenswear designs by Kawakubo will be featured, and the pieces will date all the way back to 1981, up until her most recent shows. Arranged by contrasting themes (East/West, male/female, past/present), the looks will demonstrate Kawakubo’s inspiration of “in-betweenness”. More accessible than ever, the mannequins who model Kawakubo’s designs will be placed at eye-level with the viewers, without a physical barrier of glass.
The Met Gala, also known as the Costume Institute Benefit, will be cochaired by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, with Kawakubo serving as honorary chair. Apple, Conde Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino are sponsoring the event.
I’m looking forward to seeing what all of the guests wear tonight. Because of the inspiration behind Comme Des Garçons, I’m expecting to see a lot of unexpected looks: contrasting themes and styles combined, such as vintage and modern, and definitely a lot of androgynous outfits.
I’ll have to wait to attend the gala until I’m the next Anna Wintour, but in the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through the pictures. Celebrities have continued to push and push more fashion boundaries at red carpets, and I’m sure that this will be no exception.