City of Fashion
The Galliera museum continues its programming off the walls at the Docks - City of Fashion and Design, with the simultaneous presentation of two exhibitions: one dedicated to Comme des Garcons, the other Balenciaga.
In tribute to the master of the seam and the 40th anniversary of his death, reveals Galliera, with the support of the House of Balenciaga, a collection of methods passionately assembled by the designer and generously donated by his family to the museum.
More than seventy costumes and clothing items interact with forty dresses and haute couture designer Balenciaga coats between 1937 and 1968 from the Galliera funds or loaned by the House of Balenciaga. Accessories, pictures, sketches and books on art and costume complete this as reflecting the passion for fashion history as his mastery of a learned profession child with his mother.
For the visitor, it is an invitation to go the "imaginary museum" of Cristóbal Balenciaga and Spain traditional folk, black and dark colors, the blueprint of religious dress and ceremony, the great masters of Spanish painting and to share creative intimacy of "Fashion fashion designers."
Galliera invites us to discover the last full parade Comme des Garçons Spring-Summer 2012: here no place given, no stage, no timing ... it's not a parade but a installation, designed by Rei Kawakubo creative itself, where the visitor is free to admire the models more closely.
Creative breaks, Rei Kawakubo, transfigures the classic exercise of the parade and away the codes of haute couture. Drama with White and almost monochrome models, it magnifies the main stages of life: birth, marriage, death and transcendence.
Drama White is white, pure, ceremony and all its nuances. This collection is a tour de force as it emanates from these architectures scholarly fashion an immaterial dimension that affects the spiritual and transports you into the world of unclassifiable Rei Kawakubo.
April 13 to October 7, 2012
Docks - City of Fashion and Design
34 quai d'Austerlitz
Tel. : 01 76 77 25 30
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h, except holidays.