Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between will examine Kawakubo's preoccupation with the space between boundaries. "This in-between space is revealed in Kawakubo’s work as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of Beauty, good taste, and fashionability," reads the exhibition press release.
The exhibition will be broken down into eight sections: "Fashion/Anti-Fashion"; "Design/Not Design"; "Model/Multiple"; "Then/Now"; "High/Low"; "Self/Other"; "Object/Subject"; and "Clothes/Not Clothes".
The exhibit will feature around 150 pieces of Kawakubo's work for Comme des Garçons, dating from the Eighties to the present day.
The exhibition will be curated by Andrew Bolton, the brains behind the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, among others. Of his forthcoming show, Bolton said: “Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
The director and CEO of The Met, Thomas P Campbell, said of the exhibition: “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.”
Did you know... that the exhibition will be The Costume Institute's first retrospective on a living designer since it profiled Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
Speaking about the retrospective in her honour, Kawakubo said: "I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion, imbalance, unfinished, elimination, and absence of intent.”
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Met Gala is set to take place on Monday, May 1 this year. As previously announced, Gisele Bündchen and husband Tom Brady, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams, with join American Vogue editor Anna Wintour as honorary chairs for the event. Rei Kawakubo herself and ambassador Caroline Kennedy will also join the board.
The exhibition has, in part, been made possible by well-known sponsors who have jumped on board to support: Condé Nast, Farfetch, Apple, H&M, Maison Valentino, and Warner Bros being among them.
Doors will open to the exhibition on Thursday, May 4 and close on September 4, giving CDG disciples four whole months to make their way to the Met.