How extraordinary it was to see the unpredictable alternative thinker Rei Kawakubo converting her own runway into an aisle. From beginning to end, it was a beautiful bridal show, and one with many subversive twists. Her treatment of the materials and craft of the haute couture wedding genre—fragile white lace and daisy-form crochet, ruffles, tulle, rich 3-D flowered embellishment and veils—was adoring on the one hand, and on the other, deeply driven by complexity and feminist ambivalence. Hooped crinoline petticoats often took on the alarming eternal structure of cages, while, by the end, heavy veils of guipure lace blotted out any sight of the individual beneath.
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