Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçon exhibition inaugurates today at New York MET Gala.
Rei Kawakubo Art of the In-Between retrospective is a tribute to Comme des Garçon creator. MET Gala is one of the most important fashion event of the season.
The Met Gala inaugurates today the exhibition dedicated to Rei Kawakubo, creator of Comme des Garçon. Metropolitan Museum in New York is usecd to dedicate retrospectives to fashion world protagonists. The unusual but well-established choice is already one of the most renowned events of fashion calendar. An event whose rich red carpet itself is an attraction.
The exhibition, entitled Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçon: Art of the In-Between will be visible until September 4th. For this show, the Costume Institute has decided to give a tribute, for the second time in history, to a living stylist. The predecessor was Yves Saint Laurent, chose by the director of Vogue Diana Vreeland in the 80’s.
Rei Kawakubo is not only a stylist, her talent spreads in more directions. She indeed founded the Japanese current in fashion collections, but designer’s creative genius also marries with a strong commercial vein. It was Kawakubo that gave birth to the Dover Street Market department stores in NYC, London and of course Beijing and Tokyo.
Rei’s story is characterized by an eternal dualism. Perhaps the two forces that characterize the Orient – the ying and the yang – influence him. The designer originated in Comme de Garcons fashion show in 1969 in Tokyo. This became the stage for Paris Fashion Week, where her first collection first walked in 1981.
From then on it was a succession of successes that bring her in the nineties, to the true consecration of fashion that recognizes in her style a pure encounter between dress and body – from the name of its most famous parade Dress meets Body, Body meets Dress.
This dialogue embodies in the exposed creations, where the female figure gains strength thanks to an armor dress reminiscent of the samurai, embellished by delicate floral prints; where the intense blue fabric flakes like a corolla around the body and where the fusion between east and west takes shape in the re-examination of tartan.