The MET Costume Institute Announces A Rei Kawakubo Retrospective In 2017

Legendary designer Rei Kawakubo is to be the subject of a solo exhibition next spring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This will mark only the second time in the institution’s history that it is devoting an exhibition to a living fashion designer. The last one, a vast retrospective dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent organized by editor Diana Vreeland, opened in 1983.

Comme des Garçon

The Japanese designer behind the Comme des Garçons label and Dover Street Market specialty stores, Kawakubo is a fashion maverick whose Paris collections are based on two-dimensional shapes, the color red and the “Ceremony of Separation,”.

Comme des Garçon fall 2016
Kendall Jenner in Comme des Garçon fall 2016 styled by Anna Dello Russo

Her fall collection was a take on “18th-century punk” employing couture floral fabrics and pink vinyl carved into armorlike, 3-D wonders.

“Kawakubo’s empire combines an industrially inspired socialist work ethic with a nearly fanatical desire to purvey clothing as an ever-changing product of its sociocultural environment, citing both neorealism and futurism in runway collections and advertising.”
-MET Museum website

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Nichelle Cole is the founder & editor-in-chief of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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