Earlier today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute announced that their big spring exhibition and gala will be themed around the legendary Rei Kawakubo and her bizarre, beautiful Comme des Garçons line. It will open on May 4 and be the first solo show to focus on a living designer since the museum's 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibition.

"Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years," Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute's head curator, said. "By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time."

As for the accompanying Met Gala, the star-studded event will take place on May 1, and be co-chaired by none other than Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour. No word yet on what the notoriously press-shy Kawakubo has to say about this all, but here's to hoping!

[h/t Vogue]

photo by David X Prutting/BFA.com

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