Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman,
I went to the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition is in Melbourne till the 8th February 2015 (it commenced on the 17 October 2014).
The exhibition was fantastic! I felt as if i was a kid in a candy store. The exhibition is his creations over 40 years that have been presented on the runway and even outfits that he made for celebrities like Kylie Minogue and Madonna (Think of the conical bra). I would highly recommend you all to attend the exhibition if you have not been.
If you do decide to attend the exhibition, I would highly recommend you buy the video headphone set for $8. There are different rooms that you walk through and are able to see on the video and listen how each room has been an inspiration to Jean Paul Gaultier (You have to return the video headphone set to NGV at the end of of exhibition).
As you walk into the exhibition, remember to look at the artwork on the walls. I love this image below on the wall (it is so captivating). It has the famous stripes that people just relate it to his fashion collections.
This is me in the first room wearing the video headphone set. I have the biggest smile on my face because I am so excited to see the exhibition. You can see images of the outfits behind me with amazing head pieces.
This is the first room of the exhibition, you become so overwhelmed by the outfits but you also become creeped out by the 3D projection on the mannequins. The image below on the left is Jean Paul Gaultier (haute couture designer) speaking to you. Once you are pass the creepiness of the 3D projection you finally are able to see the fine details of the beautiful outfits made.
More striped outfits! So wonderful to see how the outfit flows and looks on the mannequins. In the image below the image on the right you will see feathers. The feathers have been individually hand placed.
Anyone who is a Kylie Minogue fan will enjoy the photo below:
In the “Boudoir Gallery” you will see drawings of Madonnas conical bra. By looking at the sketches below Gaultier created Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour. The tour consisted of fetish outfits and eye catching corsets for the dancers and Madonna.
The bear in the case on the left is Gaultier’s teddy bear “Nana” and the photo on the right is an outfit with cone bras. The photo on the left is not that clear but you will notice Gaultier made his first cone shaped breasts out of newsprints for his teddy bear. This is how the cone bras began!
The photos below is one of my favourite outfits in the exhibition. I am amazed by the beauty and detail in the below pink satin outfit.
This outfit looks amazing against the black background especially with the cutouts and of course the cone bras!
The image below is from the video headphones. It is Andreja Pejic in Gaultiers gold metal bodice. Gorgeous!
A moving runaway with more of Gaultiers oufits. An interesting design with the use of Eiffel Tower and Fireworks.
More beautiful and quirky outfits by Gaultier. Love his creativity!
The punk area! How great do these punk outfit looks! Love the mohawk and detail in the outfits
The next room that i entered is set up as Amsterdam’s Red Light District Room. Each outfit is representing a different “person”. It was hard to take photos due to not much lighting. I noticed the outfits seemed to be a fetish wear especially with the equipment in someone of the mannequins hands and seductive poses. But, here the photos i could capture, so enjoy and let your imagination run wild! I loved this room!
Gaultiers culture inspired outfits:
I love the below outfit on the right. I think its called Leopard Gown (Too many outfits). It is not a real leopard so do not panic!
The outfit on the right looks so funky with the shield!
Image below of the model wearing the above outfit on the right.
The below dress is a Native American Inspired Wedding Dress. I am so amazed by the white feathers. Love it!
The below is another one of my favourite outfits called the Celluoid Dress made out of film strips. Even the accessories are made out of film
The images below are his futuristic outfits. He created outfits for the movie “The Fifth Element”
This is the last room in the exhibition. The outfit below is a simple black dress with a train. I love how the back of the dress has the sexy back accessories. Such a stunner!
Outfit on the left was worn by Kylie Minogue. It is a net lace dress with large patterned embroidery and white linen cut outs. The outfit on the right was worn by Beth Ditto from Gossip.
Kylie in the net lace dress
Beth Ditto in the Gaultier outfit with Jean Paul Gaultier.
I love the outfit on the left its so different. The outfit on the right is gorgeous it is a white lace dress. Look at the pattern and detail! I am speechless. Just Wow!
More outfits to see
Before, you leave the exhibition you can buy gifts for yourself or friend and family from the book shop. I bought the following:
- Jean Paul Gaultier carry bag
- Navy blue and red striped iphone 5s phone case
- White and blue striped iphone 5s phone case
I honestly loved the exhibition it was worth walking two hours around the whole exhibition looking at the detail and the creative outfits he has created for over 40 years.
I admire him as a designer because he pushed the boundaries of fashion by:
- Been able to change Madonna in a dominatrix in the cone bra outfits
- Giving females an opportunity to wear outfits that were fun, flirty and sexy and become ferocious in a masculine and androgynous way.
- Having men in corsets and skirts in the 80s that caused so much issue back then
- Having the thought that garments never had a gender as he struggled with his sexuality (“Except for the medieval codpiece and the bra, garments have never had a gender. ” – Jean Paul Gaultier)
- For his shows he always used models of all different ages,shapes, sizes and ethnicities (“To conform is to give in” – Jean Paul Gaultier)
Jean Paul Gaultier is definitely an amazing designer! I will toast a glass to him!
Love Mei xoxo