If you were tasked with paying homage to a designer as iconic as Rei Kawakubo for the red carpet, do you think you'd be up to the challenge? The reclusive Japanese designer commands as much attention with her anti-celebrity persona as does for the avant garde fashion she designs, which logically made her the perfect subject for this year's Costume Institute exhibition. For the Met Gala's red carpet (which was actually off-white with blue trim this year), how were guests to pay homage to a single designer's work, considering that the talent in question has deliberately tried to ruffle feathers throughout her career?
From co-chair Katy Perry to Met Gala queen Rihanna, attendees celebrated the spirit of Kawakubo's extraordinary vision in a few different ways. Some decided to give it their all, with the most grand, theatrical Comme des Garçons archival pieces, straight from the runway. And others nodded to her motifs, including polka dots, red velvet, workwear separates, and moto jackets. For a theme that's this much of a departure from your standard-issue red carpet, the results were certainly unconventional.
If there's one place, one over-the-top, sacred carpet where things can get weird, it's on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ahead, you'll find our favourite looks of the night.