It has been announced that Rei Kawakubo of COMME des GARÇONS will receive the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award from the Noguchi Museum in New York. Next to the famously elusive designer’s pioneering role at CdG, Kawakubo is also the co-founder of illustrious multi-brand store, Dover Street Market.

The award, which will be presented at the museum’s annual benefit on May 2, recognizes Kawakubo’s singular aesthetic vision and contribution to fashion and design. The Isamu Noguchi Award is awarded to individuals who share Isamu Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness and commitment to East-West cultural exchange.

The museum stated that, “Rei Kawakubo has consistently defied notions not only of beauty, but also of what fashion can be, at once confounding our expectations for clothing — and like Noguchi — challenging the idea that design and art are inherently different endeavors.”

This is not her first institutional recognition. Back in 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art recognized the 50th anniversary of COMME des GARÇONS with a solo exhibition of her work. It was the second monographic show awarded to a living designer by the institution and the subject of the 2017 Met Gala.

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Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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