One of the industry’s most enigmatic figures and Comme des Garçons founder, Rei Kawakubo has been at the forefront of fashion since the 1970s. She has spent the last forty-something years shocking the press with her fearless designs and flagrant disregard for the rules. Now, the one of Japanese fashion’s great designer is said to be getting an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The news hasn’t been confirmed yet by the Met, or Comme, but has been reported by reputable fashion industry trade journal WWD. As Met’s website stated, “Kawakubo’s empire combines an industrially inspired socialist work ethic with a nearly fanatical desire to purvey clothing as an ever-changing product of its sociocultural environment, citing both neorealism and futurism in runway collections and advertising.” The exhibition will open in spring and, if true, will mark the second time in the institution’s history that it’s devoted a show to a living designer. The only other time it’s done was in 1983, when the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Diana Vreeland put on a show dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent.