“Art of the In-Between” by Rei Kawakubo

Yesterday, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons exhibit, “Art of the In-Between”. As the name implies, Kawakubo explored the fluidity of seemingly opposite topics, ranging from absence/ presence to self/ other. Each of these topics were scattered throughout a maze of little concrete shelters that allowed a view of only that individual section of the exhibit. To say her work was inspiring would be a exaggeration. I don’t even think there are words to describe the intense feeling of venturing on a journey with Kawakubo as she explores the relationships between the contradictions of life. My favorite piece was the leather jacket with the ruffle, one of the first shows in the exhibit. This piece can be described as edgy femininity. It is a piece that I can see myself wearing. With all of the eager visitors, seeing the entire exhibit required several hours and patience. I may have found a new favorite designer! Below are some images from the show.

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