A Rei of Sunshine

The penultimate invite-only, celebrity-powered event takes place every year in the beginning of May - with the ever-packed fashion schedule that is now in disarray, its strong attendance speaks volumes. This highly coveted event chaired by Anna Wintour will always take sovereign.

Last year the theme was Manus X Machina and the year before it was Through the Looking Glass; the Met Gala boasted high-powered individuals, celebrities and industry movers and shakers. This year is the first theme at the Met Gala to focus on a living designer since 1983, when Yves Saint Laurent was honoured. Dubbed as one of the most progressive and influential designers of our time, describing Rei Kawakubo is no easy feat. Words such as avant-garde, conceptual, sculptural and emotive are often used to describe her designs. As the founder and creative director of Comme des Garçons, the need to celebrate creativity couldn’t come at a better time. With designers coming and going and collaborations at its height, we need a reminder that fashion still works.

Since her debut at Paris Fashion Week in 1981 with her signature strong silhouettes, radical shapes and technical materials, Kawakubo’s designs are often met with shock and awe. Her radical designs renounced the conventions in fashion moving from wearable clothing to art-in-fashion whilst her influential vision spawned new-age designers that championed abstraction such as: Junya Watanabe, Chitose Abe of Sacai and Gosha Rubchinskiy.

As the met gala is known for its extravagant outfits, we can’t wait to see Kawakubo’s designs walk down the red carpet; a spectacle to truly behold.