New York plays host to two high-profile fashion exhibitions this summer: a large-scale retrospective of internationally renowned avant-garde designer Rei Kawukabo, and another exploring the future of fashion.
- Comme des Garçons – Art of the In-Between: This year’s annual exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute focuses on the work of acclaimed Japanese designer Kawukabo – founder of cult label Comme des Garçons. It’s the museum’s second only exhibit to honour a living designer – the first being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Divided into eight sections that chronicle Kawukabo’s provocative aesthetic and ethos, the exhibit consists of 150 womenswear pieces spanning from her first runway collection in 1981, to the A/W 2017 show, set against an all-white backdrop. The show runs until September 4.
- Fashion After Fashion: The Museum of Arts and Design presents Fashion After Fashion – an exhibition that explores critical thinking in a world moving away from a traditional fashion calendar. Featuring the work of up-and-coming designers including LA-based label Eckhaus Latta and Japanese designer Ryohei Kawanishi, the presentation is a commentary against the limitations of traditional fashion standards like gendered silhouettes and excessive fabric waste, and an exploration of new techniques and innovations for future fashion production. Part of the museum’s ongoing series The Art and Craft of Getting Dressed (see also Counter-Couture: DIY Fashion in US Counterculture), the show runs until August 6.
For more, see Retail City Guide: New York, May 2017 and Fashion Exhibit Update: NY.