Following Manus x Machina presented in 2016, the New York Costume Institute’s annual exhibition will honour the work of Japanese grande dame of fashion Rei Kawakubo. With an affinity for unfinished and deconstructed patterns, Kawakubo remains a fashion pioneer who constantly challenged the norms since she launched her Tokyo-based brand in 1973.
The second floor of the museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall will showcase around 120 womenswear Comme des Garçons garments, dating back to the very first Paris show in 1981. The exhibition will explore key concept in the designer’s career including the conventional dualities of ‘East/West’ and ‘male/female’. The exhibition will open May 4 2017, three days after the MET Ball, this year co-chaired by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour, along with Rei Kawakubo as its chair of honour.