Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, brings an amazing exhibition of 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' to London at the Barbican Centre.This once in a lifetime opportunity allows fashion enthusiast's and fans of Jean Paul Gaultier to see his designs up close and in person and also enables us to see directly into the mind of one of the most daring fashion designer's of all time.

The theatrical installation covers his forty year career. Overall, there are 165 creations to see featuring some of the most iconic pieces such as Madonna's conical bra and corsets from her 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, with also stage costumes that were designed for Kylie Minogue and Beyonce.

The exhibition includes eight themed sections of couture and ready to wear; The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, Punk Cancan, Muses, The Boudoir, Metropolis, Eurotrash, Skin Deep and Urban Jungle. Each section transports you into a world of this extraordinary talented French avant-garde couturier. Within these sections are a series of mannqeuins, some with human faces projected onto them, which makes them come alive as they can blink, sing, talk and make eye contact, which was strange yet mesmerising.

Gaultier is unconventional in his approach to fashion, even to the extent of using fuller figured models in his shows, which can only be a good thing by embracing the fact that fashion is for everyone, his uniqueness has led him to gain the reputation of the 'enfant terrible'.

A tulle ruffle camouflage gown that was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards reinforces his distinctive creativity when designing; who else would have thought camouflage for evening wear but Jean Paul Gaultier?

For all fashion lovers, this exhibition is not to be missed. You enter a wonderland of beauty and to be so close to such iconic pieces is a dream come true for me. Also included in the exhibition is video, photography and art, which makes the whole experience very theatrical. This exhibition makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes into making each piece which are works of art.

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