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2017 Met Gala Theme Revealed, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams Named Co-Chairs

Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will be working behind the scenes as the year's co-chairs alongside Vogue's Anna Wintour

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    There should be very few fashion boundaries at next year's Met Gala, thanks to the 2017 theme.

    Announced Friday, the annual red carpet fundraiser in May will focus on designer Rei Kawakubo and the "Art of the In-Between."

    As the creator of label Comme des Garçons, the Japanese designer has since specialized in "anti-fashion," frequently sending designs down the runway that challenge conventions of fashion and beauty.

    "I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design...by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm," Kawakubo said in a press release. "And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion...imbalance... unfinished... elimination...and absence of intent."

    The designer focuses on the in-between, designing clothes that fit somewhere between East and West, male and female and past and present.

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    While attendees have seven months to figure out how to reflect that mantra in their own ensembles for the event on May 1, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will be working behind the scenes as the year's co-chairs alongside Vogue's Anna Wintour. Kawakubo will serve as honorary chair and the event will be sponsored by Apple, Cond Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino.

    As for the Costume Institute's accompanying exhibit, 2017 marks the first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition 33 years ago.

    The presentation will include 120 examples of Kawakubo's designs, ranging from her first Paris runway show three decades ago to her most recent collection.

    Just like that, the stylish race to the first Monday in May has begun.