From May to September in New York a fashion exhibition will run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art chronicling the work of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, of Commes Des Garçons and the Dover Street Market concept stores.
The Costume Institute’s exhibition is only the second show at the Met to pay homage to a living fashion designer; Yves St Laurent was the other to receive that honour back in 1983.
In total 140 designs from 74-year-old Kawakubo‘s Commes Des Garçons from as far back as the early 1980s will be included in the exhibit.
The show is designed in a circular fashion creating larger white-walled vistas and smaller more intimate spaces in which to view groups of pieces. Visitors can slowly take in the eight themed areas which are titled: Fashion/Antifashion; Design/Not Design; Model/Multiple; Then/Now; High/Low; Self/Other; Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.
For a non-fashionista the last title on that list perhaps gives the best insight into this most surreal of fashion designers’ philosophy.
The Art of the Inbetween exhibition will run from May 4 to September 4.