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The Met: Come des Garçon Art of the In-Between

The exhibition promoted by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of New York will be dedicated to Rei Kawakubo, founder and designer at Comme des Garçons brand. Kawakubo is thus the second still living stylist to whom the Museum in the 5th Avenue dedicates a retrospective – the first one was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. This Met’s choice is undoubtedly a bit far-fetched as the designer Rei Kawakubo is an artist in the true sense of the word, but she is not necessarily a name capable of summoning the international crowds, as it generally happens with the other exhibitions or events promoted by the Museum. “There are a few active stylists today who are able to say their own within the artistic context, but Rei is one of them”, commented Bolton in his defence on the New York Times. “By fading the division between art and fashion, Kawakubo asks us to imagine a dress in a different way”, observed the Met’s Director, Thomas Campbell. He also explained that Bolton “will explore the work of the stylist through clothes that look like true sculptures, in an exhibition that intends to challenge convention over the role of fashion in contemporary culture”. The event – made possible by a series of sponsors such as Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino – will stay open from 4th of May to 4th of September, and it will be preceded by a Gala Party on the 1st of May, seeing the participation of Anna Wintour, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. The VIP guests will be welcome by Rei Kawakubo too, who has never come to “woo” celebrities. For this reason, the promotional ads by Comme des Garcons have never included a top actor or actress, but rather they “hosted” a bird, a fish, a fruit or a comic strip.

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