Expect the likes of Beyoncé and Kristen Stewart to be decked out in androgynous designs and avant-garde looks for the 2017 Met Gala, because the theme is Commes Des Garcons.

The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute confirmed that that next spring's event will honour the Japanese fashion house and will be inspired by the radical designs of its founder Rei Kawakubo. The fashion icon is set to follow in the footsteps of Yves Saint Laurent to become the second living designer to be present at an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

Comme des Garçons was founded in Japan in 1969 with the label showing collections in Paris from 1981.

The Costume Institute's curator-in-charge, Andrew Bolton, said it was only right to pay homage to Kawakubo , whose influence on the industry is undeniable. He said: "By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time."

The annual fundraising gala, which is held to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, is one of biggest industry shindigs, with stars from the world of fashion and entertainment walking the red carpet. It is chaired by American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and this year's theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, which saw Zayn Malik go as his date Gigi Hadid's knight in shining armour−complete with a black suit with plate armour sleeves.

The Met Gala 2017 is set to take place on 1 May and Kawakubo, 74, will be an honorary chair on the night alongside popstar Katy Perry. Interestingly it will be her first time attending a Met gala.