Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcons Art of the in-between curated by Andrew Bolton – The Costume Institute The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 4 – September 4


Dear Shaded Viewers,

My day started at 8h30 in Place Vendome for what we could call a teaser of the Art of the In-Between exhibition on Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcons. We cannot call it a retrospective because that is the last thing that Kawakubo would want to have. Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons is considered to be one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years and a designer’s designer. She makes clothes that not only transform the body, like her most recent collection, but also ones that force you to go beyond the surface of the garment. A series of red garments were on display to tease us with their presence.

Later in the afternoon I had the opportunity to interview Andrew Bolton for a piece I am working on for the magazine Modern Weekly. What an intelligent, articulate and totally charming man Andrew Bolton is and it was such a pleasure to share tea with him in the Proust room at the Ritz.  We talked about how he first discovered Kawakubo’s work, the challenges in putting together such a large exhibition and the fact that if Kawakubo has her way this exhibition will only appear at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art so you know what that means…sometime between May 4 – September 4 we must find a way to experience it in New York.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Conde Nast.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.