Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition

Recently, I went to Met to see yet another fashion exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – and now I have a lot to say (lol).
Maybe it’s just me, and I should’ve been banned from fashion community and never be allowed to go to fashion weeks, but I definitely didn’t get it. The first moment I walked into the room, I immediately thought of mental institutions and creepy American Horror Story outfits.
The exhibition “examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.”
The exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.
So, guys, what do you think?

5 thoughts on “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition

  1. I can definitely see where the American Horror Story correlation comes in lol. But at the same time, some of the designs are really interesting. I like the dresses in the 4th photo. 🙂

  2. I love visiting fashion exhibitions. I haven’t gone to one in over a year since moving from home. I can’t wait to pop into the MET again. I can see your reference on the American Horror Story here lol I think he seemed to be playing a lot with volume and I can see how some of the shapes are in between since there is a lot of imbalances too.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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