The first look in the Comme des Garçons White Drama exhibit at Paris’ Cité de la Mode et Design is a white dress with a voluminous skirt and bow tying the wrists together, not unlike a straitjacket because of its colour and binding- but soft and poetic. It is a stunning introduction into the rest of the exhibit, which comprises the Spring Summer 2012 collection of Comme des Garçons.
The collection is housed in large plastic bubbles with four to five pieces that are meant to symbolise parts of a woman’s life: birth, marriage, death and transcendence. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo draws from Holy Week processions in Seville in the overcoats and tall hats while a wedding gown is like a silky cocoon. The dossier also states that the animal, mineral and vegetable worlds are taken from.
Each encapsulating bubble inevitably tells a visual story. There is a mix of architectural shapes in floor-length sleeves and capes painted upon, bunches of flower heads set on lace, a bustle like bunches of pipes. The colour of the exhibit or its lack thereof can represent a purity and lift the spirit; the bubble its own world, dreamlike. Beautiful and unique, Comme des Garçons White Drama is curated by Olivier Saillard, director of the Paris’ Galliera Museum. Scenography is by the founder and designer of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo. The exhibit runs until October 7th at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et Du Design, 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris.
Inspired by the classic nature of Lord Snowdon’s portraits of subjects in blue shirts, Acne Studios launches its first book: Snowdon Blue.
Snowdon Blue chronicles the famed English photographer’s love affair of the blue shirt and the portraits he in turn took of sitters in this classic attire. The book features 61 portraits and retails for € 95.
To accompany the book Acne Studios will host a touring exhibition of the portraits as well as a sale of limited edition prints taken from the book. The exhibition commences in London, followed by Paris, New York and Stockholm.
The Limited signed prints featuring the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Britt Ekland, Agatha Christie, Ian McKellen and Georg Baselitz will be in an edition of 20 each and will be available for € 1000 each.
Acne Studios London Dover Street: May 4th - 13th
Acne Studios Paris Rue Froissart: May 11th - 20th
Isetan Tokyo: May 14th
IT, Hong Kong: May 15th
Acne Studios Stockholm Norrmalmstorg: May 25th - June 3rd
The House of Paco Rabanne announces the launch of Paco By, a new fashion forum on social media. Found at the address PacoBy.Tumblr.com, the aim of this community-based site is to allow as many people as possible to discover the House from a different perspective. Designed like an inspiration book created in part by guests – photographers, illustrators and bloggers, Paco By is a miscellany of thoughts and impressions and offers a stroll through the heart of the brand.