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Rei Kawakubo, visionary of fashion, honored at new Met show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/1/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
This photo shows part of the exhibit from "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art on the In-Between" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exhibit, which begins with the glitzy Met gala and then opens to the public May 4, is situated in a blinding white space, where visitors are encouraged to follow their own route around a series of geometric structures showing highlights of Kawakubo’s work. (AP Photo/Shelley Acoca) © The Associated Press This photo shows part of the exhibit from "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art on the In-Between" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exhibit, which begins with the glitzy Met gala and then opens to the public May 4, is situated in a blinding white space, where visitors are encouraged to follow their own route around a series of geometric structures showing highlights of Kawakubo’s work. (AP Photo/Shelley Acoca)

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume institute calls her the most important and influential designer of the last 40 years, and now, her clothes — which she calls "objects for the body" — are featured in a new exhibit that opens to the public on Thursday.

This photo shows part of the exhibit from "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art on the In-Between" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exhibit, which begins with the glitzy Met gala and then opens to the public May 4, is situated in a blinding white space, where visitors are encouraged to follow their own route around a series of geometric structures showing highlights of Kawakubo’s work. (AP Photo/Shelley Acoca) © The Associated Press This photo shows part of the exhibit from "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art on the In-Between" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exhibit, which begins with the glitzy Met gala and then opens to the public May 4, is situated in a blinding white space, where visitors are encouraged to follow their own route around a series of geometric structures showing highlights of Kawakubo’s work. (AP Photo/Shelley Acoca)

Japan's Rei Kawakubo (Ray KAH-wa-koo-BOH), head of Commes des Garcons, is the first living designer to be honored with an exhibit since 1983 when it was Yves Saint Laurent. She relented to allowing her outfits to be shown but was steadfast against a retrospective, because she hates focusing on the past.

Still, some of her most famous work is on display. The exhibit will kick off Monday evening with the annual, star-studded Met Gala.

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