On Friday, October 21st the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed that next year’s gala will be celebrating the one and only Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons.
This marks an important event in history for the gala as it is the first time a living designer will be the sole focus of the exhibit since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
Why Rei Kawakubo?
No doubt due to her out-of-the-box approach to designing clothes. Kawakubo doesn’t follow a narrowly defined idea of “fashion,” going as far to be dubbed “anti-fashion” by many of her critics. Her creative process includes, “looking to make something that didn’t exist before” and deems visual communication in her pieces to be “extremely important“. There is never a dull moment at a Comme des Garçons show.
Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Met’s Costume Institute, said in a comment to Vogue.com that Kawakubo is “is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years” due to her ability to consistently challenge people by making them “rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity.”
One can only imagine what May 1st will bring. There is no doubt that next year’s red carpet will fall short of ordinary, bringing some of the most unique, shocking, and visually stimulating looks the gala has seen a while.
Below is a few looks from Comme des Garçons’ Spring 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week (Photos: Yannis Vlamos)