Extraordinary, original, and exquisite are the best words to describe the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. This traveling showcase has been to San Francisco, Montreal, Stockholm, Brooklyn, and many more, but has now landed in Paris. I had the opportunity to attend the exhibition in Brooklyn back in January 2014, and I must say – going a second time in a different city hasn’t changed my perspective, this exhibition is definitely one to see.
The display starts off with Gaultier’s personal history showing his childhood teddy bear, snapshots from his infancy, as well as his earliest sketches and designs. The exhibit continues with different themes all representing his bold, eclectic, and avant-garde designs. Displayed on 175 mannequins, the themes range from a hard metal punk-rock style to urban jungle craze and even to a metropolis fashion. But of course, what would a Jean Paul Gaultier’s exhibit be without the story of the birth of his cone-bra corsets made famous by Madonna. Thirty of these mannequins have been made animated by a projector of video recordings of the designer’s muses, models, actors, singers, and even himself.
Included in his already extraordinary exhibition is a fashion show with mannequins circling up and down the runway – and even a front row with mannequin look-a-likes of fashion editors Grace Coddington, Suzy Menkes, Carine Roitfeld, and more. Don’t miss this unforgettable and unique exhibition, which is sure to fashionably inspire and enlighten your mind. Located at the Grand Palais, it will be on display until August 3rd, 2015.
Written by Jessica Manno