Fashions from Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo goes on display at the Costume Institute at The Met

The Costume Institute at the the Metropolitan Museum celebrates Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 01, 2017) (REUTERS) – Through nine different spaces, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showcasing the work of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.

“We chose Rei, for many reasons. For me I think she’s completely changed the course of fashion history over the last 40 years. And many aspects of fashion that we now take for granted were pioneered by her. So I really feel as if she wasn’t already here we’d have to invent her. Her influence is so far ranging,” said Andrew Bolton, curator in charge, the costume institute.

Kawakubo is the first living designer the institute has honored since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.

The exhibit is titled “Art of the In-Between” and shows various juxtaposition through fashion.

“Whether it’s male female, east west, child adult, object subject. And I think what happens is she tries to, attempts and succeeds in dissolving those binary oppositions and create something new – a sort of hybrid from those oppositions.”

The Costume Institute will hold its annual star-studded benefit, known as the Met Ball, to celebrate the opening on May 1.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between will be open from May 4- September 4.