AVANT-GARDIST!

THE FOUNDER OF COMME DES GAR ONS AND HOT­TER-THAN-HOT DOVER STREET MAR ET IS BE­ING FÊTED AT THE MET.

Gotham - - Contents - BY SA­MAN­THA YANKS

The founder of Comme des Garçons and hot­ter-than-hot Dover Street Mar­ket is be­ing féted at The Met.

The hash­tag­ging frenzy be­gan well be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion “Rei Kawakubo/comme des Garçons: Art of the In-be­tween” even opened. Search #Metkawakubo and be pre­pared for a del­uge of breath­tak­ing images, most of them pho­tographed in Paris at the pre­view of the show.

Set to open in New York City at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art’s Cos­tume In­sti­tute on May 4, the ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the ca­reer of avant-garde Ja­panese fash­ion de­signer Rei Kawakubo. The show ex­plores—or rather, ex­plodes—eight sets of bi­nary cat­e­gories that Kawakubo has ad­dressed in her work: Fash­ion/anti-fash­ion, De­sign/ Not De­sign, Model/mul­ti­ple, Then/now, High/low, Self/ Other, Ob­ject/sub­ject, and Clothes/not Clothes.

Cu­ra­tor An­drew Bolton worked with Kawakubo to choose ap­prox­i­mately 150 pieces rang­ing from the 1980s to the present. With a cult fol­low­ing of col­lec­tors and thou­sands of fans ready to be wowed, Comme des Garçons is again the hottest ticket of the sea­son. Opens May 4 at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-5357710; met­mu­seum.org

Body- con­scious: Comme des Garçons’ Spring/ Sum­mer 1997 show, called “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body,” used bul­bous pad­ding to

ques­tion the very idea of sil­hou­ette.

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