French for in­no­va­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

HE has de­signed cos­tumes for Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Bey­once, while Ni­cole Kid­man is among the list to wear his haute cou­ture.

Now those vis­it­ing Mel­bourne this sum­mer can get a close up look at the un­con­ven­tional and play­fully ir­rev­er­ent de­signs of Jean Paul Gaultier in the first in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to this ground­break­ing French cou­turier.

The Fash­ion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Side­walk to the Cat­walk is show­ing un­til Fe­bru­ary 8 at the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, or­gan­ised by the Mon­treal Mu­seum of Fine Arts in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mai­son Jean Paul Gaultier, and gives Aus­tralians the only chance to see the ex­hi­bi­tion on home soil.

The in­no­va­tive ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures more than 140 Gaultier gar­ments with pho­tos, sketches, stage cos­tumes, run­way show ex­cerpts, film, tele­vi­sion, con­certs and dance per­for­mances.

The over­view of Gaultier’s oeu­vre be­gins with the first dress cre­ated by the de­signer in 1971 through to his 2014 cou­ture and is pre­sented within the themes of Odyssey, The Boudoir, Punk Can­can, Skin Deep, Me­trop­o­lis, Ur­ban Jun­gle and Muses.

Any­one in Mel­bourne at the end of the week can ex­pe­ri­ence NGV’s Fri­day Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier, which com­bines the ex­hi­bi­tion with mu­sic per­for­mances, talks, bars and din­ing.

Kylie Minogue wears a cos­tume de­signed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

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