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Comme Des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo Said To Be Next Costume Institute Exhibit Subject

Sep 01, 2016 11:19 AM EDT
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Rei Kawakubo is rumored to be the next subject of a solo spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, WWD reported.

If the rumors are true, this will mark only the second time that the institution has devoted an exhibition to a living fashion designer. The first one, which opened in 1983, was an Yves Saint Laurent retrospective organized by editor Diana Vreeland.

Kawakubo, the mastermind behind Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market, is renowned for her avant-garde designs, which would look right at home on display in a museum.

The Kawakubo exhibit will supposedly rival the scale of the 2011 exhibit "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," which is one of the most-visited shows in the institute's history.

According to the Met's web site, "Kawakubo's empire combines an industrially inspired socialist work ethic with a nearly fanatical desire to purvey clothing as an ever-changing product of its sociocultural environment, citing both neorealism and futurism in runway collections and advertising."

Other designers to be featured at the Costume Institute in recent years include Charles James in 2014, Alexander McQueen in 2011 and Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada in a joint 2012 show.

The Costume Institute's most recent spring exhibit, "Manus X Machina," was extended through Labor Day Weekend because it was so popular.

Curated by Andrew Bolton, "Manus x Machina" highlights how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

"Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other. 'Manus x Machina' challenges the conventions of the hand/machine dichotomy and proposes a new paradigm germane to our age of technology," Bolton said.

Keep checking back with us for more updates on this rumored upcoming exhibit.

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