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.
Photos by Pierre Antoine