Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My last minute date with Jean Paul Gaultier

The week before last I visited the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young Museum, just a couple of days before it closed and (hopefully) moved on to another town and another museum. If you ever have the chance to see it somewhere, you should, no matter how much, or little, you care about fashion. The exhibit is fascinating in so many ways: the mannequins come alive thanks to some seriously amazing video projections; sketches, photos and videos let you peak behind the scenes of Gaultier's work; and the breadth of his collections, from 1976 to now, is truly impressive.

To be able to take close-up looks at the details and construction of such iconic haute couture designs was amazing, and it really made the point that fashion like this has a well-deserved place in art museums like the de Young. The vision and creative drive of an artist like Jean Paul Gaultier, paired with his sense for details, courage to explore outside of the norm, and ability to balance beauty, shock value and humor is unique and admirable, no matter what role fashion plays in your own life. Merci, Monsieur Gaultier!

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