What the Met Gala celebrates and how to get involved.
Every year the Met Gala causes a celebrity-induced social media frenzy. Who’s wearing who, who’s dating who, and who decided not to show up are some of the questions floating around the twitterverse and all over the Internet. After a few days of gossip, people move on to the next exciting thing that comes along.
What some outlets fail to highlight is what the Met Gala actually celebrates. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the authority in documenting, researching, and archiving thousands of costumers and accessories from all around the world. Every year, they also curate an installation at the Museum that relates to apparel.
This year, legendary Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, is recognized for her contributions to the fashion industry across 40 years. The 2017 Costume Institute exhibition is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” and the Gala marks the grand opening of the Spring exhibition.
Rei Kawakubo is praised as one of the most creative, innovative voices in fashion since 1973, when she started the forward-thinking label in Tokyo. She incorporated menswear by 1978. By ’82, she had setup shop in Paris. Rei became the face of the avant-garde and the first living designer to get a show at The Met’s Costume Institute since 1983. About 140 pieces were grouped into eight different themes for the exhibit. The Street Peeper caught the elusive designer on camera last night:
Starting today, you can explore the comprehensive exhibit at The Met Fifth Avenue and discover more about the woman who’s been breaking the rules of fashion for 40 years. Expect crowds but definitely plan to visit! The show runs until September 4th.
Courtesy of the New York Times, checkout a 360 degree view of the installation: