When I woke up to drizzle on Australia Day I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to head to The Gallery to see the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition. I’d been wanting to see it since it opened months ago, and I was desperate to get there before it finishes in a couple of weeks. It’s not every day one gets up close and personal with a couture gown.
For those not familiar with Jean Paul Gaultier, very briefly, he is a French Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter (Ready to wear) fashion designer. Remember those cone shaped bra costumes Madonna wore in the 90’s? He was responsible for those. (If you click on his name above you can read more about him)
I knew Gaultier’s clothes were unconventional, flamboyant and glamourous but I underestimated just how ravishing they really are.
The fabrics and beading were so exquisite it took all my strength to resist reaching out to touch each garment. I think the signs telling me not to, made me want to feel them even more. Several times I put my glasses on to inspect the pieces as closely as I could (without touching) to see if I could see any signs of *stitching. In most cases, I could not. The detail and craftsmanship is extraordinary. Unbelievably Haute Couture is constructed by hand from start to finish.
If you love fashion, sewing, costume design, beading, textiles, art, design or for that matter any form of beauty, make an effort to see this exhibition before it finishes.
(My photos are dreadful but the best I can offer unfortunately until I get around to updating my very old phone. You’ll get the idea though.)
On a side note: One of things that make the exhibition so impressive and quirky is that the mannequins wearing the clothes appear lifelike. They talk, smile and wink. When the Jean Paul Gaultier mannequin speaks it’s just like he’s in the room addressing the crowd. You can see a little video of the mannequin’s on my Instagram here
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on at the National Gallery of Victoria and runs until Sunday 8 February. Details here
Read details of my personal styling experiences here