It’s been a while since I last posted but with my life undergoing a MAJOR dose of change, I figured there was no time like the present and no greater topic than that of my recent trip to The Dallas Museum of Art and viewing the impeccably curated fashion exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier titled, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Upon entering the exhibit, I was immediately fascinated with an innovative element of multimedia that combined the garments and the mannequins on which they were displayed. Projection screens that hung from the ceiling and rested in front of most of the mannequins’ faces projected real life faces onto them and provided movements, sporadic commentary (in both English and French!) and facial expressions. It was both thrilling and a little creepy to see but certainly added a nice touch to the already larger than life designs of Mr. Gaultier. The clothes were beautiful and featured various examples of both his haute couture and prêt a porter collections that spanned from more classic gowns to Parisian and London streetwear.The collection also includes the now iconic cone shaped bra’s and corsets he made for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour in the early 90’s. Speaking of corsets, it was interesting to find out that Gaultier had been sort of obsessed with the corset and the idea of the bra even at a very young age which became apparent upon viewing a teddy bear the designer had as a child on which he fashioned a cone- shaped bra out of newspaper. A quote from Gaultier was somewhere within the museums walls proclaimed that in fashion there isn’t an item that is wholly considered to be masculine or feminine besides the bra and cod piece. The designer has obviously been inspired by this idea throughout his career having played a major role in ambiguous fashion, the mixing of masculine and feminine elements and the prevalence of the men’s skirt in his work.
The exhibit made its US debut at the DMA and will be there until February 12th before moving onto San Francisco’s de Young and the Fine Arts Museums.
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