Met Gala 2017 Theme Announced As Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garcons

The wait is finally over

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Today, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the theme for its 2017 Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala will be 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons', finally putting all rumours to rest.

The annual Met Gala, which launches the spring fashion exhibition, is arguably the fashion calendar's starriest event and is attended by not just designers, models and industry insiders, but all genres of celebrities, from actors to musicians to Insta-stars.

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This year's theme, 'Manus x Machina' had technology as its focus, whilst other recent exhibitions have included 'China: Through the Looking Glass' and 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty'.

However, Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer to be made the sole focus of the exhibition since the Met's Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and owner of cult retail store Dover Street Market, is known within the fashion industry for her directional, avante-garde creations, which are sometimes more akin to wearable sculpture.

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This was exemplified by her latest collection, 'Invisible Clothes', which featured extreme proportions and enormous volumes that were anything but invisible.

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The Gala will take place on May 1st as usual, and Kawakubo will serve as honorary chair alongside Anna Wintour, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, with whom she launched a fragrance in 2014.

The exhibition will feature 120 Comme des Garçons pieces, picked out from across the Comme des Garçons' archive, and will be arranged by themes of binary opposites.

'We are in a period where fashion, and designers, are increasingly regarded as disposable' says Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute's chief curator. 'I wanted to focus on someone who has been singularly dedicated to a creative vision, to remind everyone of how valuable that is.'

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'I hope there will be a lot of avant-garde fashion' he added. 'I would love for mistakes to happen.'

We expect next year's looks will be out-of-this-world.

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