Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons are certainly an unlikely pair, through they make for one (almost 2) great exhibition(s). The Balenciaga x Comme des Garcons exhibits really have nothing to do with each other; they are in separate rooms and are displayed in the most unparalleled way ever, though you don’t just go to one and ignore the other. The Balenciaga side has pieces made and owned by Cristobal Balenciaga, and includes garments, accessories, and sketches. It’s funny to see how history repeats itself in Nicolas Ghesquiere’s recent collections for Balenciaga (hello, Darth-Vadar-Visor-Hat) and is astonishing to see if nothing else than for the beauty of Balenciaga’s garments.
Walking into the Comme des Garcons side of the exhibition was like walking into a completely different world. Garments from Kawakubo’s Spring 2012 collection, all in white, were showcased in big, clear bubbles. Think a hamster ball blow up to twice-human size. But in a good way- it was very cool, and contrasted nicely with the historic-inspired yet thoroughly modern look of Kawakubo’s clothing. The clothing, while creepy at times, was eerily beautiful, and made even more interesting by the seclusion provided by the bubbles.