May 4th - September 4th 2017
The Met, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City


Few exhibitions are as greatly anticipated as the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum’s annual spring show. The exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. This in-between space is revealed in her work as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of scillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste and fashionability.


Not a traditional retrospective, this thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1982. “In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Met.