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o be posthumously honoured at the annual Met Gala showcase is like to achieve a lifetime award at the Grammys of fashion. Receiving the award firsthand, however, is equivalent to winning every Grammy category in a single season. In the course of fashion history, only a single designer was immortalised with this rare honour in 1983, Yves Saint Laurent. Fast-forward to 2017, Rei Kawakubo became the first woman and second living designer to receive the honour at the Met Gala exhibit; yet another landmark progress by a woman designer since Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment at Dior. The exhibit commences on May 4, showcasing a spectrum of about a hundred and twenty womenswear pieces over the years by Comme des Garçons. The first of May will witness a bevy of stars on the red carpet for The Costume Institute Benefit event. It will be cochaired by Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams while Anna Wintour and Kawakubo serve as honourary chair. The official sponsors for the display are Apple, Condé Nast, Maison Valentino, Farfetch and H&M. The themes appropriately reflect contrasting themes that explore Rei’s interest towards the in-between with curated sections- East and West, Male and Female, Past and Present. Kawakubo’s knack for exploring fashion as a relationship between the body, wearer and the space around it can be experienced up close by viewers through an eye-level display arrangement devoid of physical barriers. Rei’s avant-garde sensibility challenges conventional notions of beauty, fashionability and gender as she reimagines them in a conceptual dialogue. Delve into the archives of her bygone collections and decode Kawakubo’s nonconformist vision towards femininity through the years.

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Profile for Shefali Judeline Jauhar

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A league of Indian millennial designers are on the rise – call them the Counterculturists if you may. Daring to define the contemporary scen...

Zhivalian  

A league of Indian millennial designers are on the rise – call them the Counterculturists if you may. Daring to define the contemporary scen...

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