Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art ball – the biggest night of New York’s social calendar – makes a mark with different and unique costume theme, and this time round, Japanese fashion legend Rei Kawakubo gets honored.
The fundraising gala event showcases a special exhibition on the avant-garde designer at the museum.
Rei Kawakubo, 74-year old fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris gets recognition for her contribution towards the world of vogue through her labels Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market. An exhibiton of her designs will be open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from May 4, 2017.
Kawakubo is described as a “trailblazer” by Harper’s Bazaar or “the ultimate renegade designer” by GQ, making audiences ‘question about everything they know of conventional clothes’.
The fashion press celebrated the moment and are overall excited to give the tribute to Kawakubo. According to the exhibition curator Andrew Bolton, “she has influenced a whole generation, not only of designers but also artists and architects through her practice”.
“She forces you to rethink notions of beauty, notions of the body, notions of fashion, notions of wearability – breaking down these barriers by creating hybrid identities.”
Kawakubo’s rise to the top of the fashion avant-garde has been an unusual one, starting out in Japan far from the limelight of the global fashion capital Paris. Kawakubo likes to have input in all the various aspects of her business, rather than just focusing on clothes and accessories