The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
I have always loved Jean Paul Gaultier! From admiring in awe at his amazing creations and concepts via Fashion Television and Miss Jeanne Beker, to having the opportunity to meet him many years ago in NYC (out clubbing of all places), the genius that is Gaultier is equally humble and not shockingly, approachable and extremely pleasant.
I was able to score an invitation to the media and members only unveiling (June 14, 2011) of the Gaultier exhibit: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk on at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and running until October 2, 2011. If I used the word overwhelmed, it could still not precisely express my true feelings about being able to see all of the wonderful designs and works of art created by Gaultier, up close and personal. All under one roof were some of my favourites: Paris Millenium, Hasidic and many of his cultural themes, Denim, Punk and S&M Couture, bustiers, corsets and more bustiers. I was unable to take it all in that one evening due to 4000 others clambering to get their photos as well (we were allowed to take photo that evening only). The exhibit features life-sized mannequins with video projected faces talking to one another (including the master himself, as well as international Montreal-based models Francisco Randez and Eve Salvail)…quite freaky actually. I implore you to rush on over and check out this amazing retrospective while you have the chance. I will definitely be attending for a second time!
If that wasn’t enough this past Saturday July 16, 2011, there was an evening street parade entitled PINKARNAVAL (in association with this year’s Just for Laughs festival) which closed streets stretching from the museum on it’s Crescent side to St Catherine going east and ending in the Quartier des Spectacles (Place des Arts) with a subsequent day of scheduled performances on the Sunday, all inspired by the whimsy of Jean Paul Gaultier. To find out more on this event click here.
Always tongue and cheek but of course very serious haute couture techniques continue to keep Jean Paul Gaultier at the top of his slowly dwindling field. Glad to see someone be honoured in such a manner before they die. For more and Jean Paul Gaultier and his magical world visit JeanPaulGaultier.com.