As Hollywood & the elite world of entertainment, business and the fashion industry prepare for tonight’s Met Gala – wondering and gushing over who will be wearing the best outfit of the night or followed the theme to the “T”, we take a closer look at what the event is all about.

The Met Gala – which is also known as The Met’s Costume Institute Benefit, is cho-chaired by Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour.  Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy will serve as Honorary Chairs. Tonight’s theme, is Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.  A tribute to one of the fashion industry’s influential designers, Rei Kawakubo, and a highlight of her work; her fascination between space and revealing it as an aesthetic sensibility.  A thematic exhibition rather than the traditional retrospective form of exhibition. The exhibition opens May 4 and will run through to September 4 at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall.

“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing, “says Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met.

Rei actually trained in aesthetics. She didn’t study fashion design. She doesn’t abide by any laws when it comes to techniques or construction. She conflates, sometimes in one ensemble, notions of the east or the west, or the male and the female, fusing ideas but also fusing garment types and fusing techniques and construction methods.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” says Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Met.  “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Source: The Met| www.metmuseum.org

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