New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has today confirmed that the theme for its annual Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole subject of the Met’s blockbuster fashion exhibit.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years,” Bolton commented to “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

The 2017 Met Gala will take place on May 1, with Kawakubo acting as honorary chair alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams – who launched a fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garçons in 2014 – and Anna Wintour. The exhibition will open on May 4.