The mysterious Japanese founder of Comme des Garçons is the first living designer for a solo show at the Met’s Costume Institute since 1983. Generally, she uses the modes of expressions for her works, like fusion, imbalance, unfinished things, elimination, and absence. She always aims at being a new way of thinking about design by denying establishes values which are generally accepted as the norms.
First of all, we will share some information about The Met Gala. The Met Gala is a charity gala for Metropolitan Museum Art, especially Costume Institute Gala. It is also known as the Met Ball or Costume Institute Gala.
The previous week The Met Gala paid tribute to the work of Kawakubo, so she succeeded to being the second living designer after Yves Saint Laurent for this event. This Gala is considered as the Oscars of the east and it had over 550 attendees and the gala’s dress code was avant-garde this year. Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, and the former ambassador were the few of these attendees.
Kawakubo’s works reflect many decades since 1980. The works examine expressions of “in-betweenness” like absence-presence, fashion-antifashion, high-low, self-other, etc.
The curator of the show Andrew Bolton says that her fashion not only stands apart from norms but resist definition of astonishing interpretation. Also, Bolton adds that Rei has changed 20th and early 21st-century fashion. According to the consultants, if she didn’t exist, the fashion would have to invent her.