KAWAKUBO AND THE POWER OF SHAPE
THE ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN
The iconic Met gala just happened, and the exhibit it opens this year is made of one of the most fascinating creatures in contemporary fashion, and probably in the history of fashion in general, that being Rei Kawakubo and her magical world of interpretation, reinterpratation and shape.
Shape is an important word when attempting to describe something as big as Kawakubo's work, not only because the originality and complexity of her silhouettes is a fundamental part of it all, but because she has a particular superpower, which is to completely reshape stablished universal ideals such as beauty and ugliness, with her sword of creation, fabric and thread. Her art shows us how open to interpratation everything really is, and how quickly things can change their form.
The exhibition is composed of aproximately 140 garments from Comme des Garçons womanswear and it examines the designer's " 'in-betweenness' —the space between boundaries. " and is devided into nine examples of interstitiality in Kawakubo's work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.
The exhibition is showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in new york.