It can be such a treat to pay a visit to the Art Gallery. This is particularly the case when a world renowned exhibit is in town. I had such a privilege today when I visited the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition in Melbourne.
I had heard a lot about the exhibition already so had very high expectations about it but found it even more delightful than expected. Without giving too much away the exhibition had a few surprises. Amongst the bright lights and brilliant costumes on display, there was the story of Jean Paul coming through clearly.
Such as his interest as a little boy in fashion design, first experimenting on his teddy bear called Nana. His first costumes for Nana were made of newspaper and fairly closely resembled the cone bra corset designs he was to make for Madonna decades later.
The exhibition had many elements to keep us interested. At times it felt like we had front row seats at one of Jean Paul's fashion shows as models moved past us in a range of designs, including my favorite, a spectacular gown featuring Paris' Eiffel Tower. At other times we could have simply been walking around an art gallery of images of models adorned by his haute couture, including famous Aussies like Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett. Videos of his fashion shows completed this typical art gallery experience.
Wandering from room to room of the exhibition highlighted new themes, demonstrating the range of Jean Paul's work over the decades. The room with the Amsterdam windows brought yet another perspective to the exhibition. It was in this room that the contrast between his highly sexualized designs and his asexual designs was most evident with both male and female models wearing a range of, at times, provocative designs.
Without spoiling it any further, it is certainly well worth a viewing if you have the opportunity to see the exhibition in Melbourne or any other place it is going to be available once it leaves Melbourne. There's nothing quite like seeing beautiful clothes and understanding more about the designer but this exhibition outdid many others that I've seen previously.