Rei Kawakubo, Commes des Garcons at the MET

Among the insane crowds, we went to see the Rei Kawakubo exhibit at the MET.  I have been a fan of her work as far back as I can remember.  Whoever curated this show did an amazing job.  Kawakubo started the concept of deconstruction in fashion and that continues to be shown in her work today.

There are 150 pieces in the show going back to 1981.  There is certainly some pieces that make you wonder who would wear this but there are degrees of what gets sold and what gets showcased.  Each collection pushes the boundaries of what represents body and beauty.

This show represents design as an art form which is why the MET couldn’t be the perfect place to highlight Kawabuko’s fashions that have forever changed the designers that have come after her.

These photos are just some of my favorites.  This might have been my absolute fave.


This is my second fave.  The detail of the roses is just spectacular.

Afterward, we went down to Dover Street Market to have a glass of wine and discuss the exhibit.   A visionary in clothing but also a visionary retail experience.  Perfect place to toast Rei Kawakubo.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Robin Bobbe

    Rei Kawakubo is a rebel…a visionary…a punk…a business woman.

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  2. karen_e

    Thanks for posting. Missed this when I was in NYC last week. #FAIL