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When
May 4, 2017 to September 4, 2017

Where

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
at 82nd Street
New York  New York  10028
United States
212-535-7710
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Image: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). "Body Meets Dress - Dress Meets Body," spring/summer 1997. © Paolo Roversi

The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition will examine the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons, from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection.

The galleries will illustrate the designer's revolutionary experiments in "in-betweenness"—the space between boundaries. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo probes their rigidity and artificiality to resolve and dissolve them. Mannequins will be arranged at eye level, with no physical barriers, to collapse the usual distance between museum visitors and the designs on display.