Comme des Garçons is synonymous with avant-garde fashion. With her recent fall/winter 2017 collection titled “Future of Silhouette,” Rei Kawakubo, the mastermind behind the brand, showed she definitely knows how to push the boundaries of fashion. Comme des Garçons — French for “like the boys” — has had a massive cult following since the ’70s. Famous for manipulating the shape of garments, the Japanese label is more concerned with creating unconventional art than wearable pieces. To celebrate Kawaubo’s artistry, New York’s Metropolitan Museum is presenting a retrospective of Rei’s work starting in May that will feature 150 pieces of women’s wear.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between will be shown in eight different sections: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject and Clothes/Not Clothes.
Visitors should expect the unexpected from the Met’s meticulous curation of the exhibition. One specific look we can’t wait to see is Kawakubo’s infamous “Lumps and Bumps” from her 1997 collection.
To honor the Met’s first retrospective of a living designer since Yves Saint Laurent (that was in 1983, and the exhibit was organized by none other than Diana Vreeland), here is the gallery of our favorite Comme des Garçon looks.
Photos courtesy of Comme des Garçons and The Metropolitan Museum of Art