I somehow ended up in New York City this week and the first thing on my agenda was to see the Comme des Garçons exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Walking around the exhibit gave me a feeling similar to a kid in a candy shop. It was amazing.
For those of you who don’t know, Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer who founded Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market. She has been endlessly recognized as a pioneer of avant-garde fashion. She never fails to surprise people collection after collection and season after season. “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” analyzes nine different types of “in-betweenness” that can be found in her collections.
I wrote an article around two months ago about my high hopes for the Met Gala, because I adore Rei Kawakubo and the way she establishes her own aesthetics in the fashion industry. The pamphlet that I acquired at the museum describes Rei’s work better than I can. “It reveals how her designs occupy the spaces between these dualities-which have come to be seen as natural rather than social or cultural-and how they resolve and dissolve binary logic.”
The atmosphere in the exhibit is different than the rest of the museum. Most of the other parts of the museum are full of touristy people that come to visit the Met because it is one of those places you have to go when you visit New York. Rei’s exhibit is different. I could tell people really wanted to be there. There were people sketching her work, taking notes and lots of pictures. I could feel the admiration in the room. Aside from the man that thought it was funny to put his grimy arm around one of the mannequins. It really wasn’t funny.
The Comme exhibit is right up there with Alexander McQueen’s exhibit and that says something because McQueen’s showcase was legendary. The display made up for all the sponsored celebrity deals that were evident on the red carpet at the Gala. Anna, Andrew and everyone else involved did an amazing job paying homage to Rei and her amazing work.