Last week I went on a ModCloth team outing to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum. It was the exhibit’s final week in San Francisco (and its last stop in the United States), but if you should happen to find yourself in Madrid or the Netherlands when the international tour makes its appearance in those cities, check it out!
I must admit that I didn’t know all that much about Gaultier (besides glimpses of his fashion line over the years), and I was pleasantly surprised by his sense of humor – though I should have known, because his sense of humor comes through in his designs!
The exhibit started with an introduction from Gaultier himself – well, a talking mannequin version, anyway. His face and the faces of other mannequins throughout the exhibit were animated by 3D projected images. Eerie but fabulous.
What follows are photos I took of a few of my favorite parts of the show (click the photos to view a larger version). This is only a tiny portion of the show – I really should have had at least 2 days to soak everything in.
WARNING: image heavy, but full of AWESOME.
— Left: Long sheath with gored skirt, Ze Parisienne collection, haute couture SS 2002. Right: Corset Dress with maxi-length train, Around the World in 168 Outfits collection, women’s prêt-à-porter SS 1989.
— Perhaps the highlight of the exhibit for me: Moins que Zéro corset from the Parisiennes collection, haute couture FW 2010-2011. The spine in back was particularly amazing. (Definitely worth clicking through to see the details!)
— Women’s ensemble, Russia collection, haute couture FW 1997-1998. I would LOVE to have this dress and wear it on a cold winter day (yes, I’d even put up with the cold in order to wear it!). Though I don’t doubt that the knitted ball at the tip of the breast was placed there purposefully.
— Left: Gaulthique top, leggings, and Cameron codpiece, Rock Stars collection, men’s prêt-à-porter FW 1987-1988. Right: Clearly the original Derelicte (years before the Galliano collection parodied by Zoolander!): Garbage Bag dress, High-Tech collection, women’s prêt-à-porter FW 1980-1981.
— Left: Paris-Glasgow-Delhi sari-style gown, Paris and Its Muses collection, haute couture FW 2000-2001. Biker demi-jacket, Louise Brooks Meets Easy Rider collection, women’s prêt-à-porter SS 2001. Right: Dubar gown with camouflage motif, Romantic India collection, haute couture SS 2000.
[All photos taken by me.]