Walking up the steps of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I tried to recall the last time I was there. It had to be when I was in middle school, being dragged around by a teacher and guide as they babbled in detail about every piece of art we passed. They even knew that no one in the class was paying attention, regardless they continued to try and introduce us to the world of art.
I must say this time around was different, as Kelly and I strutted up the steps in the pouring rain, I was beyond excited to enter the Met. When we walked into the spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, I was stunned. The white geometric structures that held the outstanding clothing added style and purpose to the perfectly curated exhibition.
As we strolled through the exhibit, the clothing more closely resembled sculptures rather than traditional clothing. The pieces had a traditional style with a twist as Rei Kawakubo explained her creative process in exhibition catalogue, “The right half of my brain likes tradition and history, the left wants to break the rules.” There was no boundaries between body, dress, gender, age, or culture. All of the pieces are uniquely different, but are grouped together with a common theme. Each one has an extravagant style mixed with asymmetry, deconstruction, draping, and plays on proportion. The fabrics are all used differently adding texture and a mix of design. From the growing polyester feathers to the cage structures, each piece was more creative than the last. When we continued to the last stop of the exhibit, I was speechless when I saw the look Rihanna wore for the Met Gala! It was as breathtaking as it was when she wore it. The fabulous texture and print worked together to form an one of kind design. The functionality of the design may not be realistic for daily life, but the design itself is spectacular. The collection was inspiring and an unbelievable experience to see. I left the museum dreaming of what it would be like to attend the famed Met Gala in one of her designs!