Fashion as art, art as fashion

November 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

On my adventures in Melbourne, I spent an afternoon at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. If you love JPG’s work you’ll love this show as it covers the full spectrum of his designs. Even if you only go to appreciate the amazing craftsmanship that goes into haute couture, there’s plenty to see – the didactics next to most garments detail how long each took to create, with most clocking in at 150 to 200 hours!

Jean Paul Gaultier at National Gallery of Victoria

There are plenty of signature stripes…

Jean Paul Gaultier signature stripes

And plenty of corsets and star power – including this one created for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour in 1990.

Jean Paul Gaultier Madonna bustier

This garment was truly spectacular – a velvet cone bra dress in the most divine shimmering pink velvet!

Jean Paul Gaultier velvet cone bra dress

A selection from JPG’s punk collection…

Jean Paul Gaultier punk collection

This dress was aptly called ‘The Bride’, from the 2004 Tribute to Africa collection. Wow!

Jean Paul Gaultier tribute to Africa collection

Near the end is a selection of frocks made for famous Australians, including this lovely cornflower blue silk jersey number that Cate Blanchett wore to the Golden Globe Awards in 2005.

Jean Paul Gaultier Cate Blanchett dress

This one from the 2012 Tribute to Amy Winehouse collection also caught my eye – probably all that bright embroidery! It’s quite a show and well worth making the time to go along if you can.

Jean Paul Gaultier tribute to Amy Winehouse collection


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