2017 Met Gala Celebrating Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons
The invitation requested to dress "Avant-Garde.” Well, what does avant-garde mean, pushing boundaries, or breaking rules? While the Met Gala is and always has been a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, it is also a place to be seen. It is one of the most celebrity walked red carpet shows of the year, which also makes it a place to market a number of fashion brands. Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons, has always held true to her belief in design and has never backed down, especially in a time when there is so much commercialism. Comme des Garcons does not pay celebrities to wear their clothing and does not have a brand ambassador. Kawakubo is the first living designer to be given a solo show at the Met's Costume Institute since 1983, when Yves Saint Laurant was honored. Rei Kawakubo is the purest form of what an artist can seek to become.
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."
We love the emphasis of fashion as a pure art form. Clothing should be individually interpreted and worn as an expression of one's self. Experiencing a piece of clothing from Kawakubo is a perfect way to define a garment that is made with care and attention to detail. Comfort is a huge part of Coco & Cyd. It is an experience we want you to have as you go throughout your day in our collection.
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