Art In Fashion

     In Paris, this morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art lifted the curtain—slightly—on an upcoming exhibition. The exhibition features the work of Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, “Art of the In-Between”. The show will be inaugurated with the Met Ball on May 1, then run for four months (May 4 to September 4).

     “Art of the In-Between” is only the second exhibition the Costume Institute has ever presented on a living designer. The first was the Yves Saint Laurent show in 1983. Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of the Costume Institute, told Vogue, “We’ve been courting Kawakubo for years, so the timing is really about her finally feeling more comfortable working with a museum. She was also very clear that this was not going to be a historical survey of her career, but rather something different.” The result, he said, is “an essay on the art of in-between.”

     “Mounting a show for fashion’s most reticent icon presented a special set of challenges, Bolton allowed.” “For a curator it’s difficult, because Kawakubo does not like her clothes to be defined or explained; she likes her work to be experienced and interpreted,” he observed. “It was a huge learning curve for me as a curator, because we love explaining, but I had to hold back and just let the clothes exist in a space and be interpreted on a subjective level.”

     By way of a teaser, this morning’s introduction presented five examples from the exhibition. The pieces, all in red, span collections from Spring 1997 to Spring 2017. For this morning’s reveal, they were photographed by Paolo Roversi on models, such as Anna Cleveland. The model noted that she had dialed her schedule down this season, walking just two Paris shows including Comme des Garçons. “Working with Kawakubo feels like a really good fit because she’s never backed down from her belief system, especially in a time of so much commercialism,” Cleveland offered. “For her to stay strong in her understanding of fashion is very moving.”

      Coco & Cyd love the emphasis of fashion as a pure art form. We too believe that clothing should be individually interpreted and worn as an expression of one’s inner self. Experiencing a piece of clothing as Kawakubo has explained is such a perfect way to define a garment that is made with care and attention to detail. Comfort is a huge part of our company and it is an experience we want you to have as you go throughout your day in our collection.

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Content Credit: March Vogue Magazine article written by Tina Isaac Goize

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