Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris
April 13 - October 7, 2012
34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

This unique exhibition is billed as an invitation to experience the Comme des Garçons spring-summer 2012 collection as it was presented to fashion editors: no numbered seats, no catwalk, no carefully time parades etc. This is no ordinary fashion show but installation art, designed by Rei Kawakubo herself, where you can admire the models up close at your leisure.

Always one to shun convention, Rei Kawakubo has metamorphosed the classic fashion show and rewritten the codes of high fashion. In White Drama with its 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 inspired 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 matte, opaque and sheer, which take 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 masterful fashion architecture from which there emanates an intangible almost spiritual dimension to transport you to the unique world of Rei Kawakubo.