The Ultimate Showdown: Comme des Garçons vs. Kusama, Koons & More

Who’s excited that it’s finally the first Monday in May? In just a few hours, everyone who’s anyone will be strutting up the red-carpeted stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the event that’s been called the Super Bowl of fashion. And if the Met Gala is the Super Bowl, Rei Kawakubo is Tom Brady, (who happens to be a host this year.) The 74-year-old Founder and Creative Director for the avant-garde label Comme des Garçons is being honored this year both at the event itself and at the Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibit, which will showcase her visionary designs.

 

Kawakubo’s creations are works of art in and of themselves, so let’s see how they measure up to works by some of the art world’s best-known big shots.

 

Images// Vogue, Guggenheim

Comme des Garçons Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear; Georges Braque, Piano and Mandola, 1909-10

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, WikiArt

Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear; Georgie O’Keefe, Flower of Life II, 1925

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Ruth Asawa

Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear; Ruth Asawa, Untitled, 1955

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, MoMA

Comme des Garçons Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear; Yayoi Kusama, Accumulation No. 1, 1962

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Pace Gallery

Comme des Garçons Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear; Louise Nevelson, Untitled, c. late 1970s

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Artsy

Comme des Garçons Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear; Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Artsy

Comme des Garçons Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear; Sol LeWitt, Black Bands in Two Directions, 1991

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Sotheby’s

Comme des Garçons Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear; Frank Stella, QUEEN MAB (D-21, 1X), 1992

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, Tate Modern

Comme des Garçons Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear; Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus), 2008

 

 

 

Images// Vogue, 303 Gallery

Comme des Garçons Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear; Sue Williams, War of the Testicles, 2010

 

Featured image// Vogue, Artsy (Florine Stettheimer, Spring Sale at Bendel’s, 1921)

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