Met Gala 2017 to Showcase Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo

By Bella Douglas

On Friday morning, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed that the theme for its annual Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala will be “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons”. Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole subject of the Met’s iconic fashion exhibition.


Kawakubo, in Tokyo this year.
Courtesy of Eiichiro Sakata

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time,” he commented to

Per tradition, the 2017 Met Gala will take place on May 1st, the first Monday in May. Kawakubo will serve as honorary chair alongside Anna Wintour, Pharell Williams, and Katy Perry. The exhibition is slated to open on May 4th. It will feature nearly 120 Comme des Garçons womenswear designs by Kawakubo, dating back from the label’s first runway collection in 1981, all the way to her most recent shows.