COMME DES GARÇONS – Rei Kawakubo’s in-between world

After Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy in 2008, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2011, PUNK: Chaos to Couture in 2013, and Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology last year, the Met’s Costume Institute inaugurated its latest Spring Exhibition to worldwide A-Listers on May 1st. This new season revolves around one of the minds which has been largely responsible for shaping fashion and avant-garde in the last decades. Enter Rei Kawakubo and her brand Comme des Garçons.

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And so it was that, following tradition, the first Monday of May saw the Met Gala display faces and names from every realm and field, eager to show their love and unleash the right amount of flamboyance in honour of the Japanese Designer. While some chose – accordingly – a number of Comme des Garçons statuesque dresses, others chose to be adventurous, selecting Monse outfits, or timeless silhouettes by Oscar de la Renta.

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Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between will explore through 140 silhouettes the way Kawakubo’s work influenced our perception of fashion, starting in the early 80s and unfolding into current, contemporary creations, and showcasing the profound sense of duality she’s managed to transcend through her designs. Fashion vs Anti-Fashion, Object vs Subject, Model vs Multiple: Comme des Garçons has changed us, for the better.