"Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests."-Karl Lagerfeld

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

 I recently went to Montreal to see the first stop of "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier" at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit will be leaving Montreal October 2nd and heading To Dallas Texas for the next leg of its tour. After that it will make its last stop in San Fransisco before heading over seas to Madrid at the End of 2012.

The exhibit itself to sum it up in one word...AMAZING!

Along with the garments made throughout Gaultiers 35 year long career, some the mannequins on which his works were displayed on were creepily interactive. They had moving and talking faces! There was even an interactive Jean Paul mannequin! 

Below are photographs of the exhibit.

Jean Paul Gaultier offers an open vision of society, a world full of craziness, sensitivity, humour and impertinence where everyone can be who they are in a world without discrimination, a unique "couture fusion".  He is a truly generous person and carries a very powerful social message laced with light-hearted humour," states Nathalie Bondil, the museum's Director and Chief Curator.

In addition to about one hundred haute couture and ready-to-wear designs, the exhibition will include sketches, advertisements, excerpts from films and concerts as well as video clips. Created between 1976 and 2011, most of the works have never been exhibited, like never-before-published prints by renowned photographers.

The exhibition is staged in five parts, and the visitor can follow the different influences and collaborations that have marked Gaultier's universe, like those with film makers Luc Besson and Pedro Almodóvar, or ties with singers Mylène Farmer, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga.

The Museum will also publish a book about the designer including exclusive interviews with Catherine Deneuve, Farida Khelfa, Madonna, Martin Margiela, Pierre Cardin and Dita Von Teese… The "it-book" is sure to become a reference work for Gaultier with its 500 pages and just as many photographs!

* from www.jeanpaulgaultier.com

At the exhibit, visitors were also allowed to take photographs. Forgive me for the poor quality of my pictures! (they were taken from my phone)

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