Ad­mire avant-garde fash­ion at the Met mu­seum

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A study of one of con­tem­po­rary fash­ion’s most in­no­va­tive de­sign­ers opened at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art’s Cos­tume In­sti­tute this week. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 140 wom­enswear de­signs by Rei Kawakubo, the avant-garde Ja­panese de­signer be­hind the Comme des Garçons la­bel, dat­ing from the 1980s to her most re­cent col­lec­tion. What’s on dis­play il­lus­trates her artis­tic ap­proach to dress­ing the fe­male form – what the show’s cu­ra­tor calls “in-be­tween” or the space be­tween bound­aries in which she de­con­structs con­ven­tions. Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Be­tween is on show at the Met in New York un­til Septem­ber 4 (www.met­mu­

Bren­dan McDer­mid / Reuters

A pho­tog­ra­pher takes pic­tures of Rei Kawakubo de­signs on dis­play at the Met in New York.

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