Metropolitan Museum of Art selects theme for 2017 gala

The theme for the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition and gala has been selected. This year’s theme will be “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.”

According to a press release from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition will focus on Rei Kawakubo making this the first gala to be centered around a living artist in nearly 35 years. The last Met Gala to have a living designer as its focal point was the 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibit. The exhibition will feature more than 120 designs spanning from the beginning of Kawakubo’s career in 1981 to her most recent designs.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years…By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time,” said lead Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

Vogue reports that the exhibit will be arranged by opposing ideas (East/West, male/female, past/present, etc.). The exhibitions will also be more accessible with mannequins being placed at eye level and free of any barriers.

This year’s Met Gala will be co-chaired by Anna Wintour, Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry. Kawakubo will serve as an honorary chair and the event will be sponsored by Apple, Maison Valentino, Farfetch, Condé Nast and H&M.

The Met Gala will take place on May 1, 2017.

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