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Rei Kawakubo, Creative Director of Comme des Garçons.

Rei Kawakubo, Creative Director of Comme des Garçons, is the subject of the 2017 MET Gala. That’s special because Kawakubo is the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 who is the subject of the Met’s fashion exhibit. There were a lot of rumors about Comme des Garçons being the subject of the next MET Gala. Fashion journalist Suzy Menkens pointed that out during Paris Fashion Week. Following the presence of both Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, at the Comme des Garçons show.

Met Gala 2017: what we know so far

The annual Met Gala is the most anticipated fashion event of the year. It sees the biggest names from Hollywood, music and fashion gather for the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion exhibition. The institute confirmed both the subject as well as the honorary guests of the prestigious event. Rei Kawakubo herself is one of the honorary guest of the Met Gala. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour will accompany the designer. Pharrell’s presence at the 2017 Met Gala is no surprise either. He collaborated with Comme Des Garçons in 2014 to launch his fragrance.

Why Comme des Garçons?

Comme des Garçons, French for “Like Boys”, is a Japanese brand that is headed by Kawakubo, who owns the company with her husband Adrian Joffe. The brand is based in Tokyo and Paris, where they show their main collections during Paris fashion week. The Met Ball’s choice for Comme Des Garçons’ creative director isn’t that odd. The Japanese brand is known for their fashion forward collections and thinking out of the box. “Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” Andrew Bolton commented to Vogue.com. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Photo credits: The New York Times, Eiichiro Sakata