Monday, May 8, 2017

Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garoons Metropolitan Museum of Art

I had the pleasure of attending the press preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest fashion exhibition last Monday. I have been attending these for quite a few years, but it still is always so exciting. 

The line to get into the museum, which is always closed on this day, has some 
of the most fashionable folks! 


It was way cool seeing Caroline Kennedy at the press event prior to viewing the exhibit 

I really loved her jacket! 

From the Met's website, some information about this exhibit: 

The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition examines the work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d'Ys.

The galleries illustrate the designer's revolutionary experiments in "in-betweenness"—the space between boundaries. Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo's work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness.

The way these are displayed is very different from other fashion 
exhibitions at The Met 

Loved these bridal gowns 

Details everywhere 

This exhibit is very unique, in the designs and the way it is 

One of my favorites 

There are some of the most fashionable people at the press preview 

Andrew Bolton being interviewed 

I would love to get back a second time, with a friend, to enjoy this exhibit just one more time! 

"A magnificent, challenging show ... the astonishing garments, installation design and catalog forms a juggernaut that anyone interested in the culture of our time should experience." —New York Times

"The exhibition makes beautiful sense when articulated by Bolton ... If ever there was an exhibit that breaks down barriers between art and fashion, this is it." —Daily Beast

"Is clothing art? Who cares, you'll love the new Met exhibit either way." —USA Today

At The Met Fifth Avenue

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