Jean Paul Gaultier loot

January 30, 2012

Better late than never.  My mom, daughter, and I finally went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit this weekend at the Dallas Museum of Art.  It was amazing.  We had so much fun.  Little A, my four year-old daughter, thought it was fabulous.  She could not stop staring at the mannequins and trying to decipher the outrageous outfits ("Mommy, is that a monster?" referring to the houndstooth outfit below.)  Every piece was admirable.  We did; however,  have to rush through some of the bondage ensembles.
Here, pictured above was our loot: a coffee table book (mine) and a postcard with Gaultier's teddy bear (my daughter's).  The beyond amazing book has a great biography on the artist  and is filled with excellent interviews and photographs.  It was so interesting to read about what inspired him.  This teddy bear is the one who enjoyed the first conical bra ever, even before Madonna!!!!  Gaultier would experiment with his little Teddy by adding make-up, dying his hair...not sure I want to know more, but this is the reason why it looks like it does.  And, of course, for a four year-old it was kind of cool to see a teddy bear in a museum.

The exhibit had some eerie animated mannequins which brought the experience to an unexpected level.  I loved it and encourage anyone who hasn't seen it to go before it closes on February 12th. It was very nicely and thoughtfully put together.  The exhibit later travels to San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, and Stockholm. 

Here are some photos of outfits that were in the exhibit.  All images by Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier found in this article  here.

From Fall/Winter 1991–1992. Taken at a 30th anniversary retrospective runway show back in 2006.
From the Les Indes galantes [Romantic India] collection, Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000.
This corset was sported by Madonna during her Blond Ambition World Tour. Photographed for Dazed & Confused in April 2008.
From the Parisiennes collection, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2010-2011.

That houndstooth outfit (first photo above) was from 1991/1992 and didn't Lady Gaga wear a similar outfit last summer by Ferragamo? it is!  Similar don't you think?


Oh and the navy and white stripes...sailor style is still going strong.  What do you think of Gaultier and how he has pushed the envelope in the fashion world? Do you like his aesthetic?

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  1. How come my mom never took me to stuff like this??...Love Gaultier!

    1. That's how we roll in this household :) Greek myths for kids...but also some high fashion mixed in.


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