confessions first: i almost missed this hilarious Exhibition, because... well, because i´m a fashion-ignorant. just not my interest. but then i heard from various People "you MUST go there"... and i only can admit: they were right!!
i´m talking about this one:
after a world tour of 10 capitals the last City of his retrospective is munich
i´m afraid i can´t Keep myself short... if interested, take yourself a Cup of something while coming with me...
The exhibition starts in the first room with The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, a unique selection of the designer's signature style, including an eclectic mix of nautical stripes (which became sort of his second logo), mermaids and religious stereotypes.
collection "romantic india" (2000)
"lascar" silk knit gown with gloss finish ostrich feathers
time to create: 160 hours
(worn by princess Caroline of Monaco at the rose ball, preeminent charity Event there)
now the "apparitions" gown (front right side), part of the
virgins (or: madonnas) collection (2007)
the next photo Shows how 32 of the (ca. 175) mannequins in the Show were looking virtually "alive", animated via projectors on the ceiling (you can see this better at some Videos on YouTube, e.g. here)
the headdress (Halo) of this one is plexiglass
"immaculate" (below) actually was my favorite in this Group
kylie minogue wore this crocheted Dress in the Music Video for "like a drug" (2009). the small linen appliqués Feature printed reproductions of 19th century French paintings.
from the russia collection (1997/98):
Velvet cassock with iconic decoration;
illuminated beaded headdress
collection: the surrealists (2007/08)
Amethyst muslin and Organza anatomical Dress with rib-Cage effect
(one of his creations for kylie minogue)
entering the next room you are greeted by the whistling of this figure in a parrot feather Bolero and crepe jumpsuit (1997)
this part of the Exhibition is titled: "urban jungle"
i only have space for a very few samples here...
one from the newest collection (2015/16) is
"the marriageable daughter":
silk lace doily Body attached to a chased Antilope Skin, a Velvet skirt pleated to the front with a tulle Train, Patchwork gallete Apron of chased Antilope Skin and lace, embellished with crystals from swarovski
[chase here is not a synonym for hunt, but a technical textile term]
the Details are INCREDIBLE!!
next one: "evening gown" from
collection: russia (1997/98)
taffeta evening gown with Leopard Skin bead embroidery, rhinestone claws
time to create: 1600 hours
collection: Tattoos (1994)
elastic tulle with colored Tattoo print
collection: Tribute to frida kahlo (1998)
i just love all of his ornaments!
collection: Tribute to africa
"african queen": mask-look Raffia and tulle Bustier, with double layered crincled muslin and silk tulle skirt; time to create: 163 hours
from different collections, but i sum it up under "asian looking"
now at this Point i was Kind of exhausted (i only show a small part of my 400+ photos here...);
a coffee break (t/tuesday) was inevitable before i could catch up with the rest of the costumes...
and good we had started our tour at noon, because the air in the museum got worse meanwhile)
the two worlds of London and paris merge in the collection "punk Cancan" (2011).
such unusual mixes appear time and time again throughout gaultier´s career - clothes that are at once classical and unconventional. the delicate feathers, boas and frills of the French Cancan are juxtaposed with ragged leather, Jeans and Tartan.
(rosbif is a term used in France for an English Person)
and yes: métal hurlant is French for "heavy metal"
spine and ribs studded leather jacket (1987/88);
sequinned Waterloo Tartan kilt
well, i decided to stop here...
some collections are left out (as the x-rated ones...)
it is a lot of Inspiration i got from this Exhibition.
the Fantasy, the Vision and the skills of this Fashion designer are incredible and highly impressive. he really has amassed a huge Oeuvre over almost four decades. he seems to soak in Inspiration from everywhere.
and i love his Courage to break stuck rules with Humor and irony
(oh, and to remember the Details, i always photograph the description plates, too;))
well, it took me quite some time to go through all my photos, so my sewing was not so much this week. but i promise to catch up with it in my next post...