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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Be­tween, Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, New York, May 4 to Septem­ber 4 This year’s Cos­tume In­sti­tute ex­hibit is the first to focus on the work of a sin­gle liv­ing de­signer since Yves Saint Lau­rent. The 150 pieces span Kawakubo’s work at her ground­break­ing la­bel Comme des Garçons and ex­plore her abil­ity to cre­ate clothes that are at once a cel­e­bra­tion and a re­jec­tion of fash­ion. The show’s eye-level dis­plays are a com­men­tary on the bar­ri­ers be­tween peo­ple and art. The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Cou­ture, Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, Au­gust 27 to Novem­ber 7 Chris­tian Dior is said to have loved Aus­tralia. (The de­signer flew 50 looks to Syd­ney for a show in 1948.) It’s fit­ting, then, that the 140-piece ret­ro­spec­tive will touch down in Mel­bourne this sum­mer. The col­lec­tion, which fea­tures cloth­ing, sketches and pho­to­graphs, spans the house’s en­tire his­tory (in­clud­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s work). Mag­nifique. The World of Anna Sui, Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum, Lon­don, Eng­land, May 26 to Oc­to­ber 1 The New York de­signer known for her free-spir­ited clothes and the celebri­ties who have worn them (like Mick Jag­ger and Madonna) worked with the mu­seum’s cu­ra­tor on the ex­hibit, which comes as Sui cel­e­brates 36 years of her la­bel. Over 100 pieces, some dat­ing back to the early ’90s, will be ar­ranged by theme rather than sea­son.

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