Honoring Rei Kawakubo
Reticent and revolutionary. Those words aren’t often used to describe the same person, but Rei Kawakubo is an exception. RK radically changed the concept of avant-garde fashion by emphasizing the concept of fashion as art. Everyone knows Rei’s work as a revolutionary fashion designer is being honored at this year’s Met Gala. I can’t say I wasn’t surprised when I found out the theme for the gala given the polar oppositeness of Anna Wintour and Rei, but I was pleased. Rei’s work deserves to be honored. I’m very intrigued to see the red carpet styles this year because I believe it will include avant-garde gowns and suits we could never even imagine.
Rei Kawakubo is the creative director of the multi-million dollar business Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market which she heads with her husband, Adrian Joffe. Rei has been in the industry since 1967 when she was a freelance stylist, but she began designing in 1969 under the label Comme des Garçons. The brand was extremely popular in Japan and soon became loved by the world.
This year’s theme has me hopeful that the celebrities will bring their A game because I always get so disappointed when attendees decide to play it safe. I know their decisions are incredibly influenced by the infamous opinion of Anna, but I think she can have an appreciation for liberal looks. A Rei Kawakubo theme gives the perfect opportunity to experiment with the raw creativity her brand displays.