Rei Kawakubo at The Met: A Knockout Show, Inspiring and Beautiful


Saw this show on opening day and have been thinking about it non-stop. This is one of my favorite designers – altho I don’t wear (and can’t afford) her clothes. However, there were many people at the opening paying homage by wearing her outfits.

Some were even attempting to do clandestine fashion shoots – and were quickly shut down.

For my eye, this exhibition is superior to the McQueen show although my fashion-savvy friends don’t agree. I do concede that it won’t be as popular as the McQueen show – it’s way too strange.

For those of you not familiar with Rei Kawakubo, she’s known for her avant-garde designs and her ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.

  • The thematic show features 140 examples from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d’Ys.
  • The galleries illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness” —the space between boundaries.
  • Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.

The show runs through September 4th.

See photos below.




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