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Met Announces Comme des Garcons as Theme for 2017 Gala

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Prepare for the most avant-garde Met Gala yet.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that designer Rei Kawakubo and her label Comme des Garcons will be the theme of the 2017 Met Gala.

A native of Japan, Kawakubo is celebrated as one of the most influential figures in modern fashion with radical, highly conceptual and almost dada-ist designs that have often been described as “anti-fashion.”

The Gala will take place May 1 with a duo of celebrity shoe designers Katy Perry and Pharell Williams and Anna Wintour as co-chairs, while Kawakubo will hold the position of honorary chair. As is tradition, A-List attendees will be expected to dress on-theme for the event.

Despite her unorthodox style, Kawakubo has had great success internationally with her many fashion projects including Play by Comme des Garson, Comme des Garson Shirt, and the new-age department stores Dover Street Market in London, New York and Tokyo.

As Time reports, the show will focus on 120 womenswear pieces from Comme des Garson starting from the brands beginning in 1981 to the present.

“Rei Kawakubo is on of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years. By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, re-creation and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time,” said Costume Institutes Chief Curator Andrew Bolton.

An infamous recluse, Kawakubo is known to play as little a role in the public eye as possible, refusing interviews and photographs.

“I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design… by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion, imbalance, unfinished, elimination and absence of intent,” said Kawakubo.

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