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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

In the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the National Gallery of Victoria presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, featuring seven galleries with more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances.

I almost missed this amazing exhibition, which ended the 8th of February, and I’m thrilled I didn’t. Despite not being a fashionista, I’ve been a fan of Gaultier’s work for about 20 years and this show was fantastic. I was excited to see his work. Here are a few of my favourites. All these photos were taken with my iPhone 6.

Gaultier sign.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Gaultier fashion.
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, haute couture, spring–summer 2007.
Gaultier fashion.
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, haute couture, spring–summer 2007.
Gaultier fashion.
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, haute couture, spring–summer 2007.
Gaultier fashion.
The mannequins are animated. They look around, blink, smile, and so forth. The one of Gaultier welcomes you to the show.
Gaultier fashion.
As a boy, he was fascinated by corsets.
Gaultier fashion.
Reworking the early twentieth-century corsets and 1940s waistcinchers dug out of his grandmother’s closets, he went on to create new classics, such as the cone bra and underwear as outerwear.
Gaultier fashion.
Far from being an instrument of torture imprisoning women’s bodies, for Gaultier, his corset embody a new feminine power.
Gaultier fashion.
Many stars have worn various iterations of his corsets with concentrically topstitched bra cups, including, famously, Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.
Gaultier fashion.
Madonna wore this 3D leather cage corset with conical breasts during the MDNA World Tour, 2012.
Gaultier fashion.
In the early 1970s Gaultier had his first look at the styles adopted by the punks of London.
Gaultier fashion.
Gaultier found inspiration and new materials in the energy of London’s streets and the glam rock movement.
Gaultier fashion.
A moving runway showcase from various Gaultier collections.
Gaultier fashion.
The Skin Deep gallery.
Gaultier fashion.
The Skin Deep gallery.
Mannequins showcasing high fashion.
Some of Gaultier’s more scandalous work.
Mannequins showcasing high fashion.
The high-waisted skirt with ‘bare breast’ suspenders, shown at the top left, was worn by Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier’s benefit runway show for amFAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) in Los Angeles on 24 September 1992.
Mannequins showcasing high fashion.
The Urban Jungle gallery showcases work inspired by what Gaultier calls the melting pot of the new Paris.
Mannequins showcasing high fashion.
The Urban Jungle gallery.

With more than 140 garments on display plus design illustrations, photographs, and other props, you can imagine that this blog entry hardly does it justice. It was impressive.

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