2016's Manus x Machina saw robotic arms (hey Zayn), metallic make-up, bleached brows, and intergalactic-inspired gowns grace the red carpet for fashion's night of nights. But we're predicting an even larger-than-life spectacle for next year; following the Metropolitan Museum of Art announcing that the 2017 theme will be Rei Kawakubo of Comme de Garçons fame.
This is big news: for the first time since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, the Met Gala will be focused on a living designer. Rei Kawakubo has been the creative director of Comme des Garcons since 1973, and has grown a sound reputation within the fashion industry for her anti-fashion sentiment and innovative garments. "Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years," told Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute to Vogue.com. "By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time."
The 2017 Met Gala will take place on May 1, with Kawakubo as honorary chair alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Singer Pharrell Williams already has a close link with the Japanese designer, launching a collaborative perfume with Comme de Garcons in 2014 named Girl.
The exhibition will include 120 examples of Kawakubo's most famous designs, ranging from 1981 to her most recent collection.