The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will play host to Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, an exhibition exploring Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities – self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion – her work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability.
Not a traditional retrospective, the thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.
'In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,' says Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Met. 'Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.'
The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection, and will be organised thematically rather than chronologically.The exhibition will open 4 May 2017 and run until 4 September 2017.
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