Rei Kawakubo’s Exhibit titled “Art of the In-Between” is currently at The Met and to say that it is breathtaking is an understatement. I think what I love most about her work and this exhibit is how she somehow makes fashion into something that is not functional and yet in it’s own wonderful way it is able to be worn and function all at the same time. I work in fashion design, however the company I work for is not about taking liberties like that, it’s all about being practical so seeing Rei Kawakubo’s work without any restrictions can’t help but give me a feeling of excitement. Some of her pieces are rather restricting in the actual wearable sense, but her outside of the box ideas make restrictions freeing.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces from “Art of the In-Between”
High / Low – Motorbike Ballerina Collection
I am always fascinated by collections that play with the opposition of hard & soft, Kawakubo’s Motorbike Ballerina Collection captured this perfectly as she combines the highs & lows of cultural groups.
Self / Other – Child / Adult
It is often said that ‘age is just a state of mind’ which is a concept Kawakubo summed up greatly with her Child/Adult collection. She captures this concept both metaphorically and quite literally, with the actual placement of a stuffed bear on one of the dresses.
Form / Function – Not Making Clothing
I found the shapes in this collection mesmerizing, so much of fashion revolves around clothing being body conscious and while these shapes are anything but that I can’t help but love the fact that they have a life and shape of their own outside of the wearer.
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons ‘Art of the In-Between’ is breathtaking, it makes you think about fashion in a whole new light. The exhibition is open at The Met through September 4, 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to go and see it, trust me when I say you won’t want to miss it!