For the second time ever, a living fashion designer will be alive to see a career-spanning retrospective of their work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Next May, the Met Costume Institute is honoring the work of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo by dedicating the spring exhibit and the Met Gala to Kawakubo's avant-garde, revolutionary career.
Kawakubo, who rarely creates ready-to-wear clothing (instead crafting elaborate ideas, stories and artist visions out of fabric), first started showing designs in Paris in 1981. The exhibit will feature between 100 and 120 pieces dating back to that first show and will be organized by contrasting themes like East and West, and past and present, on mannequins unshielded by glass.
The last living artist to receive the same treatment was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. The exhibit is slated to open May 4, 2017.
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