A Zen-themed tableau vivant of the world-famous rock garden in Kyoto's Ryoanji temple drew thunderous applause from the audience here on July 3 during the Haute Couture autumn/winter 2013 collection show.
The performance was staged by Viktor & Rolf, the Netherlands-based fashion house of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.
The two designers began the show sitting cross-legged, as if meditating, on a stage that reproduced the garden faithfully, down to details like the wavy raked patterns on the white sand. Models clad in stone-colored silk dresses later joined them one after another and quietly took different positions to mimic the garden rocks.
The designers said they felt a need to express a feeling of serenity and nothingness, for which the simplicity of the rock garden in the Japanese Zen temple was a perfect match.