Whether you’re watching from home or standing behind the barricades outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Red Carpet parade at tonight’s Met Gala (aka “The Fashion Oscars”) is not to be missed. The fundraising gala is to honor the Costume Institute’s latest fashion exhibit: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons,” Opening to the public on May 4.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” said the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
A-Listers at the party often channel the designer being featured, so what can we expect to see based on the fashion of Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garcon? We’re assuming lots of red, avant-garde shapes, black origami-like folds and overall, fashion that thinks outside the box. While Kawakubo has a signature of lumpy, bumpy fashion, don’t expect Soul Cycled, juice cleansed celebs to embrace it.
HOW TO WATCH
There will be numerous ways to watch the event unfold in real time. Vogue’s Facebook Live of the Met Gala red carpet, will kick off tonight at 7 p.m. EDT. The only official way to watch the event in real time, Vogue’s 360-degree feed will offer a whole new perspective.
The Met, of course, will fire up its social media beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST with live arrival updates when co-chairs Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, as well as many notable guests, make their way up the steps of The Met for the big event. Follow the Met on Instagram and Twitter and search hashtags #MetGala and #MetKawakubo.
GET A PIECE OF IT
Whether you see the exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art or just observe it from afar, know that the Met Store has an exclusive retail assortment launching May 2, in conjunction with Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, with tees, totes and other items that show the artist’s unconventional aesthetic.
Informed by Kawakubo’s design sensibility, The MET x CDG Pocket Shop will offer 11 exclusive Comme des Garçons products, including a new style of the iconic lace sweater from the fall 1982 collection, a Nikelab Air Pegasus 83 for Comme des Garçons, three unisex exhibition T-shirts, a staff coat, two tote bags, a set of enamel pins, and two wallets. To further celebrate the exhibition, The Met Store will release additional exclusive Comme des Garçons items throughout the run of the show.