Met Gala Confirms Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo As 2017 Theme

The Met Gala is notoriously known as one of the most elite fashion events in the world, with a theme that is carefully thought out and premeditated on months in advance. For the Metropolitan Museum of Art this upcoming year, the Met Gala’s theme will be none other than the designer Rei Kawakubo.

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Body Meets Dress-Dress Meets Body, Spring 1997

The picking of Kawakubo is a massive move, considering that the Met Gala has never highlighted a living designer since 1983 (Yves Saint Laurent being the last choice). Kawakubo’s influence within the fashion world sets the bar: as the creative director and founder of the anti-fashion label Comme des Garçons as well as retail experience Dover Street Market, her massive experience in the industry will be felt and is fitting as this year’s subject for the anticipated event. Kawakubo’s work highlights aesthetic mastery as well as cultural impact throughout her pieces that challenge conventional notions of beauty and fashion. The exhibit will feature 120 CdG designs by Kawakubo, spanning from her oldest collections all the way up to the current.

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Body Meets Dress- Dress Meets Body, Spring 1997

Last year, the Met Gala had a less human-focused theme with “Manus x Machina.” The theme stood to represent the infusion of both fashion and technology. Prior exhibitions include “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” and “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

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Anna Cleveland

Blue Witch, Spring 2016

The Costume Institute Benefit will take place in New York on May 1, 2017, and exhibition dates are from May 4, 2017 to September 4, 2017. Kawakubo has continuously pushed the envelope in ready-to-wear, and invites us to rethink our views through her bountiful amounts of creative infusion.

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Ceremony of Separation, Autumn 2015

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Photos: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi