Forgive me for not posting sooner on the MET’s Spring Costume Institute’s exhibit, Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garcon: Art of the In-Between. This show is smaller than last years, but in my opinion, exceedingly more impressive. The layout and architecture that the curator used to display the show was a work of art itself. The Architecture creating two stories and abstract shapes made this show almost be sensory overload, but in the best way possible. Seems like a contradiction right? Well, Rei Kawakubo is not here to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and neither is this show. Her brand, Commes des Garcon translates to “Some of the Boys.” She is a Japanese artist who was not interested in keeping with tradition. She turns traditional ideas on their head. Take the journey through the show though photos below.
The first thing that caught my eye was the Birth/Marriage/Death section. The Victorian era cut and look speaks to my romantic soul.
The suites were amazing. I loved the tailoring. This grey one does not seem to be very practical, but that was a trend I could tell though the entire show. She does not care if the garment is practical or adheres to some fashion ‘standard.’ She just creates what she likes.
The rest of the show really got into abstract creations. It was a wild ride into the art of “I really am creating art and not functional fashion.” And I liked it.
If you are looking for avant garde fashion,
there really is no one better than Rei Kawakubo. I felt like this was an art show that happened to be clothing. Truly an interesting and fun exploration into what is fashion, what is art, and is there really a difference? Perhaps not.