The galleries illustrate the designer's revolutionary experiments in "in-betweenness"—the space between boundaries. Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo's work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness.
"A magnificent, challenging show ... the astonishing garments, installation design and catalog forms a juggernaut that anyone interested in the culture of our time should experience." —New York Times
"The exhibition makes beautiful sense when articulated by Bolton ... If ever there was an exhibit that breaks down barriers between art and fashion, this is it." —Daily Beast
"Is clothing art? Who cares, you'll love the new Met exhibit either way." —USA Today