Metropolitan Museum of Art | Rei Kawakubo

August 31, 2017

Today for our study tour class we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-between exhibit. This exhibit is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before with each piece more unique than the last. The uniqueness is refreshing, especially when fashion is currently in a state of knockoffs and lawsuits over designs.

Before this exhibition went on display on May 4th, I had never heard about Rei Kawakubo so it was interesting to learn about her designs. She founded Comme des Garcons in 1969 leaving many pieces to be considered for the 140 piece exhibit. Her pieces are true creations that I would consider more art than fashion. My favorite look was entitled, “Blue Witch” from the S/S 16 collection, which was a large, bright blue dress on a mannequin with flaming red hair.


We also had the chance to explore the rooftop garden on the top of the Met and take in the amazing view, which is my current favorite in the city. After exploring the Rei Kawakubo exhibit, we walked through the room of Monet paintings including the famous water lilies paintings. Overall, the Met had some great exhibits and I am thankful for the chance to take it all in.


“I learned that beautiful things for me are not necessarily beautiful to everyone else, but they could well be something very scary.” –Rei Kawakubo, 2005



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