No tickets to any of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 shows? Me neither. And, since I would rather be at an art exhibit in reality, this one quenches any fashion week thirst. You still have time to catch the fabulous, mind-blowing The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit "From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" at the Brooklyn Museum running through February 2, 2014.
The Museum is the only east coast venue for and first international exhibit dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier that is entirely playful, poetic and transformative. Gaultier's superbly crafted and detailed garnets are obviously inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures. You may know more of his work that you think; he was responsible for Madonna's Blonde Ambition costuming in the early 90's, remembering vividly the bustiers and provocative outfits that became legend are the ingenious work of this master. You can see original pieces along with photos of Gaultier with Madonna and much more Gaultier-memorabilia from her tour all at the Museum.
Have a glimpse into what you will see, but it's nothing compared to what you'll see in person. Of course, I shot many images of his graffiti inspired period also in the 90's. (The photos are in order of the walking tour of the show.)This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier's development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.
Graffiti inspiration in the 90's...
For more information on this must see exhibit visit: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/home.php