The 74-year-old fashion designer Rei Kawakubo at MET with a Comme des Garçons exhibition

The open-minded 74-year-old fashion designer Rei Kawakubo at MET with a Comme des Garçons exhibition - not only twenty fashion blog

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET – opened the new show for its 2017 Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala 2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between”.

This is the first monograph show at the museum starring a living designer since its Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in 1983, and we can say she’s earned that!

Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, explained

The open-minded 74-year-old fashion designer Rei Kawakubo at MET with a Comme des Garçons exhibition - not only twenty fashion blog

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“She’s 74 years old and no other designer is as challenging or as brave as Rei. People keep asking me, ‘Why did you choose Rei as the second living designer?’ It’s like, just look at the clothes. They speak for themselves.”

That’s the great thing about this inspiring Japanese designer; her work can not be demystify, or be interpreted once and for all.

Rei doesn’t like her work to be interpreted or explained,” Bolton makes it clear. “It’s just white, so people can come in and look at the work subjectively and not read my interpretation of it. They can make their own interpretation, and if they want to, they can look at the guide.”

Moreover, the exhibition is presented with few barriers between the guests and the garments, as designer’s will, the mannequins are placed at eye-level without any glass or other physical barriers.

 

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In a way, it’s ironic that after all these presupposition, Vogue has found its own interpretation that, as they said,

“Frankly, Kawakubo would probably hate the idea, but there’s never any harm in dreaming.”

Their interpretation is about Disney Princesses wearing Comme des Garçons….

To be honest, I should say that this interpretation fits, plus, it’s always so touching to think back for a moment to our childhood and back to the Disney’s world, especially if the princesses wear Comme des Garçons!

The open-minded 74-year-old fashion designer Rei Kawakubo at MET with a Comme des Garçons exhibition - vogue

Image via Vogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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