NEW YORK (CBSMiami) — High art, fashion, and a star-studded invitation list were in order Monday for the annual costume gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Met Gala is the fashion party of the year. And as in years past, it is sure to be a daring venture in design.
Rei Kawakubo, whose unconventional and eccentric pieces can be seen in her runway shows, is the designer featured at this year’s exhibit in the Met Museum of Art Costume Institute.
“She’s a genius… who not only thinks outside the box, she doesn’t even acknowledge the box,” said Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, the mastermind behind the exclusive event.
Last year’s gala drew celebrities such as Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga.
The yearly fundraiser to benefit the Costume Institute has become a kind of red carpet fashion show — though this year’s carpet is blue and cream.
Julie Chen, co-host of “The Talk,” was there with her husband, CBS chairman Les Moonves.
“Do you have any say over her clothes?” CBS News Correspondent Jamie Yuccas asked Moonves.
“Are you kidding? She has say over mine,” he said.
“He stays out of my business and I stay out of his,” Chen added. “And that’s the key to a successful marriage, when the other person comes out, you go, ‘You look fabulous!'”
This year, her co-chairs include Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady.
“I love Japanese culture and I love everything Tokyo has given me,” Pharrell said, “especially in a year when it’s about Rei.”
Kawakubo, who is Japanese, is an honorary co-chair along with former ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
“Celebrating playfulness within a rigid formality is one of the great Japanese talents, and no one does it better than Rei,” Kennedy said.
Kawakubo, the designed behind the Commes des Garçons brand, is only the second living designer to be honored with a solo exhibition at the Met. The other was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
Kawakubo’s intense designs and sometimes unsettling creations are sure to inspire celebrities on the elite guest list to put their best and most creative foot forward.