Must See: Jean Paul Gaultier at Brooklyn Museum

Posted by The G on December 4, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

After I saw Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met a few years ago, I was convinced that I saw the best fashion exhibit I would probably ever see.  I was wrong!   The Brooklyn Museum has an insanely cool exhibit by designer Jean Paul Gaultier entitled: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and if you like fashion, you cannot miss this exhibit.  First off, the presentation of the outfits is great.  Each of the seven main rooms has a different theme, from the streets of Paris to his cinematic influences and over 140 outfits are on display.  As an added bonus, if you are a Madonna fan, sketches, rare photos and iconic outfits (such as the cone bra bustier) are on display.

Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour outfits

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour outfits

The exhibit also does something unique (which will be emulated in exhibits to come) whereby the mannequins have facial projections to make the exhibit even more interactive.

Interactive!

Interactive!

The photos you are seeing here are a tiny portion of the exquisite outfits that are on display, and of course, you cannot see the detail that was crafted into each garment.

Gaultier!

Gaultier!

Clearly, it’s not wise to compare the work of two designers who drew from different inspirations, but McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit kept coming to mind (possibly because of the breadth of the costumes and the various thematic rooms) and whereas I had a very creepy feeling in the McQueen exhibit (that foreshadowed his suicide), whereas Gaultier’s exhibit is much more colorful and lively.

Kylie Minogue!

Kylie Minogue!

Don’t worry if you are not a Madonna fan – outfits worn by Kylie Minogue, Mylene Farmer, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and Cameo (yes, Cameo!) are represented in this show.

Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?

Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?

In the photo below, the mannequins were on a revolving platform that gave the illusion that you were watching a live fashion show.  Very well done!

Gaultier

Gaultier

And presented without comment – more amazing images from this must see show!

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990

Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

And last but not least…

 

Gaultier --- The Merch!

Gaultier — The Merch!

There is also a fantastic coffee table book of the exhibit that I looked through, so if you cannot make it out to the Brooklyn Museum before February 23, 2014, you should definitely think about getting it.

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