Met Gala 2017: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.
Comme Des Garçons / Idoménée Book
Last October, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York confirmed that the theme for its annual Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala (the ‘Met Ball’) will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, sending a collective tingle down the spines of CDG obssessives all over the world. This is only the second time in history that a single label has been the focus of the event – and the first time that the designer has been alive to appreciate the honour. The only other fashion force to be so bestowed was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
Solange in David La Port Met Ball 2016
The 2016 Met theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, focusing on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. This resulted in a ton of metallics and robotic themes plus (perhaps bizarrely) lots of feathers - Lady Gaga was in her element and Solange totally nailed it.
Comme Des Garçons AW17 Image: Vogue
But what of the 2017 theme? The exhibition itself is likely to be an immersive treat for Rei Kawakubo devotees – a stroll through the heritage of a brand that has continuously evolved fashion (see the AW17 collection, for example, which many hailed as the creation of a new silhouette). The red carpet could be interesting – many Comme des Garçons looks are either not that easy to wear or don’t conform to what most Met Ball attendees would want from their red carpet aesthetic. Looking pretty isn’t what this label is about.
1995 Comme Des Garçons advert Photographer: Keizo Kitajima
Ever since Comme des Garçons began back in the 1960s and 1970s it has been about challenging a rethink of aesthetics, whether that’s fashion or sculpture. Collections from CDG mean something, they are designed to make you think and the main line looks are often completely conceptual – not something you could wear to pick up a pint of milk.
Junya Watanabe AW15 Image: Wonderland Mag
Designers such as Junya Watanabe and Kei Ninomiya have worked under the Comme des Garçons umbrella, released their own CDG lines and gone on to build their own brands. And then there are the myriad collaborations between CDG and everyone from Speedo to H&M.
Comme des Garçons AW16
Comme des Garçons is one of the most explorative and exciting forces in fashion and a Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala all about the label leave us itching to jump on a plane for May 1st. As for attendees, they have sooo much choice for the red carpet. Although , if it was us we’d go for this look from the all-red SS15 collection - fierce, fearless and weatherproof.
Comme des Garçons SS15 Image: Dazed