The Met Gala is our yearly celebration of everything fashionable, historical, and beautiful, all while supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. What could be better? Each year, the themed dress code, derived from the current exhibit at the Museum, gives us and fashion designers alike plenty of fodder for the rest of the year.

This year’s Gala, hosted by Katy Perry (among others) on May 1, has the theme of “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.” Rei Kawakubo, a 74 year old Japanese fashion designer, has been working in the industry for over forty years. She launched her label, Comme des Garçons, in 1969, and she is only the second living designer to have her work featured as the theme for the Met Gala (the first of which was Yves Saint Laurent). She is the designer behind the idea of pop-up shops, created the Dover Street Market (which now has locations in Tokyo, London, Singapore, New York, and Beijing), and is known for her highly conceptual, avante garde work. She is dedicated to the idea that clothing can be a method of transmitting a concept and doesn’t necessarily have to be as wearable and durable as we usually expect our clothes to function.

Check out some of her work below, in anticipation for the Gala.

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Photo credit: Francois Guillot

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