The Met’s Spring 2017 Blockbuster Exhibition: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons


The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, open to the public from May 4 through September 4, 2017.

See 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. The exhibition will be arranged thematically rather than chronologically, and will will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries.

“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing. 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.” -Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met.

As it is every year, the major exhibition will be preceded by the Costume Institute Benefit , also known as The Met Gala, which will held on 1 May with Co-Chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, with Honorary Chair Rei Kawakubo. The Met Gala is The Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser, which provides for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements to the museum.


The Met Fifth Avenue, Floor 2, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, New York

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Pictured at top: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi


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