COMME des GARÇONS White Drama

13 April - 7 October 2012

The Galliera Museum's extra mural program continues at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design with two concurrently running exhibitions: one on Cristobal Balenciaga and the other on Rei Kawakubo COMME des GARÇONS.

Always one to shun convention, Rei Kawakubo has metamorphosed the classic fashion show and re written the codes of high fashion.
In White Drama with it's quasi- monochrome models, she dramatizes life's big events: birth, marriage, death and transcendence.

White Drama is whiteness - pure, ceremonial white of every hue.

Budding flowers, layered handkerchiefs, white-flecked material, lace insets by christening robes, an obi-bow belt, overcoats and tall hats redolent of the Holy Week processions in Seville, a wedding gown like the silky cocoon of an insect and fabrics, both untreated and refined, shiny and mat, opaque and sheer, which taken on a vibrant life of their own, drawing on the natural vitality of the animal, mineral and vegetable worlds.

White Drama is indeed a feat; it is a masterful fashion architecture from which there emanates an intangible almost spiritual dimension to transport you to the unique world of Rei Kawakubo.

Curatior: Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum

Rei Kawakubo COMME des GARÇONS

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