The celebrity-filled 2017 Met Gala held last night served as a prelude to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute spring exhibition titled Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Marking the first monographic fashion showcase on a living designer by the institute since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, the new show explores the Japanese designer's creative inspirations and her visionary outlooks in questioning tradition.

"I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design, by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm," said Rei Kawakubo. "And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion, imbalance, unfinished, elimination and absence of intent."

The exhibition will be divided into nine dedicated spaces – Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject and Clothes/Not Clothes – and features 140 key womenswear pieces designed for Comme des Garçons.

Take a look inside the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition now...

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition

The Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition will run from May 4 until September 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York. Now, browse through Comme des Garçons' Fall/Winter '17 collection during Paris Fashion Week.