We finally had a chance to go see Jean Paul Gaultier's exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum this past weekend. The show opened on October 25, 2013 and is running until February 23, 2014. In case you didn't know, the Brooklyn Museum is currently host to "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" exhibit and will be the only East Coast venue to have that honor. This is the first international exhibition of its kind that is exclusively dedicated to the groundbreaking work of the French couturier.
The exhibition is broken down into seven rooms which delineate the inspiration for Gaultier's progression. There are 140 haute couture and pret-a-porter ensembles beginning with the designer's earliest work in the 1970s to his most recent collections. Many of the mannequins do not just don Gaultier's superbly crafted and finely detailed garments but also have interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. The exhibit includes accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, documentation of runway shows, concerts, dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who have stepped into Gaultier's world. Much like Gaultier's work the exhibit is playful, poetic, and transformative. We strongly suggest that you go see it!