Black Drama

August 13, 2013

by Gracia Ventus


And so I’m back again to play with the distorted proportions a la Comme des Garcons, notably taken from the Spring/Summer 2012 ‘White Drama’ collection. The entire runway show was an exhibition of bridal dresses, which started off prim and proper and summery, done in a beautiful shade of off-white, then it quickly turned nasty (metaphorically) because of the cages and veils. Knowing how gloomy Ms. Kawakubo can be, she was probably saying, ‘Well your marriage may begin on a bed of roses, but soon you’ll discover how stifling and stuffy the rest of your life will be that you might as well live in a cage.’ Veiled underneath the beautiful lace is a sad bride who has lost her own identity because marriage can pretty much consume everything in one’s life and life itself.

Whether or not we agree with Ms. Kawakubo (or even my interpretation of the collection), it really doesn’t quite matter, because everyone feels differently these days about the institution called marriage. As usual, I was most impressed by her play in shapes and volume. The one-colour palette further helps to remove unnecessary distractions from the clothes (pfft, who needs colours, right Rick?), allowing viewers to have a greater appreciation of the different materials that have been chosen for the bridal dresses. This piece that I have managed to obtain is simpler, yet far more practical for someone who spills everything within two feet radius. However, the use of black gives it a completely different perspective which will probably be far more suitable in a funeral, or Dracula’s castle.

Then again, who’s to say one can’t wear black as a wedding gown? Can somebody tell me why most women are still wearing white wedding gowns at this day and age when *ahem* chastity is no longer  a major prerequisite in mainstream Western society?


7 thoughts on “Black Drama

  • aya12933

    by aya12933 on August 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Wow! I love the proportions!

    Also I agree with the odd conformity of “weddings”. I think it’s just societal pressure, habits and exposure that cause people to stick to white wedding attire.

    Despite that, I’ve always thought to myself that if I ever have a wedding I’m going to be wearing all black because that’s what I love to wear and probably wear Gareth Pugh or Rick Owens :P

    • Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot

      by Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot on August 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      On a related note, I know I’m financially ready to get married when I can afford to commission Rick Owens to make me a wedding dress.

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on August 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

    i love love love this outfit. amazing as usual.

  • Lucinda

    by Lucinda on August 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Eyeing off those sleeves.

    I remember that collection and liked the progressive subversion of the bridal cliché. I understand the white wedding dress merely became highly fashionable because of the whim of Queen Victoria. Blue was the original colour of chastity, for the Virgin Mary. The purity concept transferred over time, perhaps to justify the rampant white preference. I understand why Western brides STILL choose white – overwhelming tradition! – but being swamped in stiff fabric sends an odd message. A life of constriction? The only bridal tradition I truly like is the idea (or excuse) of a new dress. And why not black?

    • Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot

      by Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot on August 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Indeed. It’s always nice to have a proper, ‘legitimate’ reason to own and wear something gorgeous isn’t it.

      You’ve made me ponder why the Virgin Mary is always depicted in a blue robe now.

  • hiPop

    by hiPop on August 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    an absolute oversized perfection!



    by ODYSSEY on August 28, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Way back when, I got married wearing ivory (actually the color was called candlelight) but I’m all for brides in black. Following the “rules” of tradition is so over-rated. And if I had to do it over again, I’d likely be wedded in black.
    On another note: your hair looks fantastically sleek and sophisticated!


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