The wait is almost over – the 2017 Met Gala is being held tomorrow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. The theme for this year’s event is Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market. Some of our favorite A-listers will hit the red carpet sporting ensembles and beauty looks that reinforce the event’s theme, and if the runways are any indication, the looks will be wild. Over the years, Kawakubo has collaborated with a host of makeup artists and hairstylists, including Pat McGrath, Stéphane Marais, and Julien d’Ys, to create an array of avant-garde beauty looks to accompany her equally bold clothes.
For her Spring 1992 showcase, the Japanese designer sent models— including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington Burns and Nadja Auermann— out wearing temporary tattoos on their chests that would fare well on any red carpet (in fact, the look resurfaced on Cara Delevingne at the 2015 Met Gala, themed China: Through the Looking Glass). The ethereal, wispy braids and pared-down makeup at the Fall 1994 show proved that wigs and painterly pops of pigment aren’t necessary to make a high-impact. But perhaps our favorite was in Fall 2004, when a lineup of “showgirls” took to the runway sporting a red lipstick kiss planted askew; a look so striking it reappeared five years later at the Fall 2009 show.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Met Gala, we look back at the boldest hair and makeup from the Comme des Garçons runway.