“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Met, said in a statement. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”
To celebrate the exhibit, The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, aka the Met Gala, will take place May 1. Attendees will up their fashion game and dress for the theme.
Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour are the co-chairs for the big event. The honorary chair is Rei Kawukubo.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said in a statement. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
Kawakubo said in a statement, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design … by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion … imbalance … unfinished … elimination … and absence of intent.”