Its a fact.The speculation is over as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute announced that their big spring exhibition and gala will be themed around the legendary Rei Kawakubo and her Comme des Garçons line. It will open on May 4 and be the first solo show to focus on a living designer since the museum’s 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibition.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s head curator, said. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
As for the accompanying Met Gala, the star-studded event will take place on May 1, and be co-chaired by none other than Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour.
Though Kawakubo’s announcement wasn’t a surprise, it is remarkable in that she will be the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole subject of the epic exhibit. Kawakubo’s influence on the fashion industry since making her Paris debut in 1981 is hard to overstate. The designer (who famously never studied fashion) is a true icon and an innovator, and her directional and sculptural aesthetic has served as an inspiration to everyone from Martin Margiela to Junya Watanabe. In 2004, she established London’s Dover Street Market – a cool department store with an art gallery vibe.
The Met Gala 2017 will take place on May 1 (the first Monday), and Kawakubo will be an honorary chair on the night alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams (who launched a fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garçons in 2014) and Anna Wintour. The exhibition will open on May 4 and will feature over 120 pieces from the Comme des Garçons archives.