IT’S FULL-ON QUIRKFEST AT MET GALA
Celebs go costume creative at this year’s event, themed on Japanese great Rei Kawakubo
It’s the annual quirk fest that has your Instagram feed going into a tizzy. And, version 2017 of the fundraising gala helmed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, New York City, was no different.
The themes in the past have been many. From China: Through The Looking Glass (2015) to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology (2016) — the thematic tone of the MET ball has always given celebrities a chance to put unfettered creativity on display.
This year, while many celebrities dressed just for the red carpet, others (a la Rihanna) stuck to the theme — Rei Kawakubo. The Japanese designer is the second living fashion icon to be immortalised by the museum by way of a theme, after Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Kawakubo, a Tokyo- and Paris-based designer, has founded two gamechanging brands in fashion — the label Comme des Garçons and the retail hub Dover Street Market, London.