The 2017 Met Gala Theme, Revealed

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the theme for their 2017 Costume Institute exhibition and gala on Friday morning (Oct. 21, 2016).

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons” will open on May 4 as the first monograph show at the museum to focus on a living designer since the 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibit.

Vogue reports:

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” said the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

The exhibit will feature about 120 Comme des Garçons womenswear designs by Kawakubo, dating back to the label’s first runway collection in 1981, all the way to her most recent shows. The pieces will be arranged by contrasting themes (East/West, male/female, past/present), which touch upon Kawakubo’s fascination with “in-betweenness.” The mannequins featuring Kawakubo’s designs will also be more accessible than ever, as they will be placed at eye-level without any glass or other physical barriers between them and the viewer.

Learn more about the Met Gala’s theme over on Vogue.