Today is the day we wait at the edge of our seats for the reveal of what is certain to be, one of the most anticipated red carpet events, the Met Gala! Stars and their glam teams are gearing up to give their rendition on the theme of the night, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons”. Kawakubo’s exhibit will be the first from a living designer in over 30 years since Yves Saint Laurent did so in 1983. Mannequins will be displayed at eye level allowing for a more intimate experience for museum-goers.
For the uninitiated, the Met Gala is a sumptuous, star-studded charity event that revolves around a central exhibition in the Costume Institute. (This year’s cohosts are Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.) The 2017 event celebrates the Japanese avant-garde designer Rei Kawakubo, marking the Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since 1983. The gala plays host to upwards of 600 guests, but the size varies from year to year.
There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era. He was happy dining with the rich and famous, for sure, but equally happy playing dominoes with his devoted staff. His designs reflected his extraordinary personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic.