Announced Friday, the annual Metropolitan Museum red carpet fundraiser for May will focus on Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo and the “Art of the In-Between.”
The Japanese designer has specialized in “anti-fashion,” frequently sending designs down the runway that challenge conventions of fashion and beauty
“I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design…by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm,” she said in a press release. “And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion…imbalance… unfinished… elimination…and absence of intent.” The designer focuses on the in-between, designing clothes that fit somewhere between East and West, male and female and past and present.
While attendees have seven months to figure out how to reflect that mantra in their own ensembles for May 1st, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will be working behind the scenes as the year’s co-chairs alongside Vogue‘s Anna Wintour. Kawakubo will serve as honorary chair and the event will be sponsored by Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino.