Juliet Sulejmani | 16 April 2017
Following in tradition, there is no surprise that the VOGUE US May cover star is this years Met Gala 2017 co-chair Katy Perry. Wearing none other than Comme des Garcons. And may I say, looking FANTASTIC! I may even go as far as saying this is definitely one of my favourite covers ever, but of course I’d say that, she’s wearing Comme!
For any of you new to the world of fashion, the Met Gala a.k.a. The Met Ball, is an extravagant fashion event, hosted by Anna Wintour each year on the first Monday in May (if you haven’t watched doco The First Monday in May, I highly recommend). It is a fundraising event held to raise money for The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is followed by the opening of their major exhibition, which this year will be honouring (my favourite designer) Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons.
The exhibition is named “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” and will show 120 designs from the Comme des Garcons runway women’s collections, ranging from her first show in 1981 to her most recent Fall 2017 Collection “The Future of Silhouette.” The exhibition will be held from May 4 – Sept 4, 2017 and curated by Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of The MET’s Costume Institute.
The other co-chair will be Pharrell Williams who is a friend of Comme des Garcons and collaborated with them in 2014 to create a unisex fragrance named ‘Girl,’ which was also the name of his album that year. It is also rumoured that Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady will join Pharrell, Katy and Anna as co-chairs, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Back to Katy on the cover, I’m yet to see this with my eyeballs IRL (in real life), as here in the land down-under it takes a while for the US issue of Vogue to arrive on our shores. Luckily though, in this digital world we are blessed with the images appearing online and we don’t miss out that much.
The shoot was styled by Fashion Director Grace Coddington with the help of ” a team of earnest Comme des Garcons minions” (via http://www.vogue.com) and photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Nine photographs have been produced showcasing looks from CDG runways ranging from 2005 – 2017, previewing to the readers/viewers of the delight that is to be on show at the exhibition and Chameleon Katy looks incredible in every shot.