Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

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Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet's Christophe Maubert; Costume Institute's Andrew Bolton; and Austin Advisory Group's Paul Austin

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Elisabeth and Kilian Hennessy

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Andrew Bolton and Ann Gottlieb

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet's Pierre Wulff with Nest's Laura & Harry Slatkin

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet Perfumer Jerome Epinette

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Victoria Secret Beauty's Mark Knitowski and Meredith Griffin

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Nancy McKay of Nest, Harry & Laura Slatkin

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Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Kierin-NYC's Didier Maine de Biran with Robertet Perfumer Mathieu Nardin

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Lauren Simpson and Coty's Lori Singer

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet's Pierre Wulff with Helen Murphy of the Estee Lauder Companies

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Pam Asplund and Laura Fraser of Reckitt with Jean-Baptiste and Christophe Maubert

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Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

CEW's Carlotta Jacobson and Lisa Klein

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Paul Austin, Elisabeth and Kilian Hennessy

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Jean-Baptiste Maubert, Pierre Wulff, Christophe Maubert and Piero Savio

Source: Photo Credit: Winston Struye
Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Elle Magazine's April Long, Kilian Hennessy and Elisabeth

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Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

BEAUTY FASHION'S Christine Schott Ledes

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Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

BeautyFashionFragrance's Meredith Schott studying Rei Kawakubo's Design/Not Design

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

Robertet and guests attend Private Tour of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Exhibition at The Met

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 

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