Robertet and guests attended private tour of the Rei Kawakubo /Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute this week.
Fashion and beauty industry executives and editors joined Robertet’s Christophe Maubert and The Costume Institute’s Head Curator Andrew Bolton to marvel at the avant guarde designs of the Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. Guests included: Ann Gottlieb, Elizabeth & Kilian Hennessy, Laura & Harry Slatkin, Mark Knitowski, Meredith Grifffin, Didier Maine de Biran, Lori Singer, Carlotta Jacobson, Lisa Klein, Helen Murphy, Nancy McKay, Pam Asplund, Laura Fraser, April Long, Paul Austin, and Christine Schott Ledes.
The exhibition reveals the singular and consistent creative vision of the 74-year-old fashion designer and head of the Comme des Garcons brand. The exhibition illustrates how Kawakubo’s work occupies a space “in-between” entities and boundaries, and in dissolving these barriers, she creates new hybrid forms. From asymmetry, unfinished edges and outsized clothing, Kawakubo has for decades challenged the fundamental codes of fashion.
A Q&A with Andrew Bolton followed the tour, focusing on Kawakubo’s unique and unwavering creative process which each season starts with an active “obliteration” of previous creative ideas. The conversation also touched on Kawakubo’s almost “Warhol-ian” embrace of art and commerce as fundamental to her relentless pursuit of creative expression.
Photo credit: Winston Struye