Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed the theme for 2017’s Costume Institute exhibition and gala is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. Co-chairs for the gala, which takes place on May 1, are Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, with Kawakubo as honorary chair. While we’ll have to wait until May 4 for the show, Kawakubo will be the first living designer to be the subject of the exhibit since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” Institute curator Andrew Bolton tells Vogue. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.” The exhibit will showcase 120 of Kawakubo’s designs, dating back to the brand’s debut collection in 1981, and will be arranged by contrasting themes, including Male/Female, East/West, and Past/Present. According to Vogue, the mannequins that will showcase the designs will be unobstructed by glass and be at eye level, in what is said to be the most accessible show ever.