Irving Penn and Rei Kawakubo Exhibitions at The Met

One of the best things about living in NYC is having access to so many outlets of creativity and inspiration and right now, it’s especially fantastic! The Met Fifth Avenue is currently hosting two phenomenal shows celebrating two fashion icons.

The Irving Penn Centennial is a retrospective of work from the legendary fashion photographer who would have been 100 years old this year. The show includes images with a variety of subjects ranging from flowers and everyday objects, to famous actors and fashion models. His wife and muse, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, is one of the most recognizable women in his photographs. Her beauty and elegance reflect the ideals of an era when glamour was defined by high cheekbones, strong brows and perfectly drawn eyeliner.

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Irving Penn, 1951 Vogue Cover, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between is the other show at The Met, which has been highly anticipated by pretty much everyone. After all, she’s the first female designer to be honored with an exhibition at the Costume Institute. She’s also revered for her avant-garde approach to fashion as an art form, which in turn has made her a cultural icon. Technically, this show runs through September 4th, but why not experience this magical time and immerse yourself in a day of creative inspiration?

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Rei Kawakubo, Body Meets Dress- Dress Meets Body collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Irving Penn Centennial: now through July 30
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In- Between: now through September 4

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