Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier, Brooklyn Museum, Art, Exhibit, Fashion

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, over the weekend I finally went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. I’ve only been to the Brooklyn Museum once before and it was a while ago, before I moved to New York. The Gaultier exhibit began on October 25, 2013 and runs until February 23rd of this year, so if you live in the NYC area you still have time to go see it!

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The exhibit started with a timeline of his various ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, along with a more personal timeline of his life. His grandmother was a very fashionable lady and encouraged him to pursue his dreams when he was young. When he was a child, he would design clothes for his teddy bear, Nana (how adorable is that?).

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The rest of the exhibit was comprised of a mixture of outfits from his collections, original fashion illustrations, and photographs of famous models and celebrities wearing his clothes. It included pieces that have been worn by Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Marion Cotillard, and of course, Madonna.

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It was amazing to be able to see his work up close- there were so many different textures, patterns and materials. Nothing was behind glass and I found myself really leaning in to appreciate all of the details that went into each garment. Some of the museum placards revealed how many hours went into creating a particular ensemble. The highest number I saw was 1,060 hours for a stunning beaded leopard dress. The picture below seriously does not do it justice!

Jean Paul Gaultier, Brooklyn Museum, Art, Exhibit, Fashion

It’s so hard to choose favorites, but there were a few beautiful lace and beaded pieces that caught my eye. I also loved a very complicated knitwear dress that was featured, along with three bodysuits depicting his interpretations of three different body systems. I don’t want to give too much away for those who might go see it, but let me just add one more note- watch the mannequins closely!

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Tell me: What was the last museum you visited?

  • rehana

    This looks amazing. Japanese galleries are very strict about photography. That plus the fact I can’t disable the shutter tone on my iphone means that I can;t get any pictures of exhibitions I go to. But this does look great. -Rehana

    • Thank you Rehana. Sometimes the museums here are very strict too, but not in this exhibit! I was glad I was able to capture a few details on my phone, but of course these pictures don’t really do the clothes justice.

  • I really wanted to go to this exhibit! I love his designs… they’re insane but immaculate. I’d love to see the Madonna costumes :)

    • There’s still time! The Madonna costumes were pretty cool, and they were sketches too of designs he created for her.

  • Amazing…just gorgeous! It must have been awesome seeing these pieces in person. I went to FIT where we had a fashion museum and saw quite a bit of amazing high-end designs in person! Gosh, it’s been awhile since I visited a museum here in NYC, but hoping to go to the planetarium soon!! (the Natural History Museum is my fave!)

    • I didn’t know you went to FIT! That must have been so cool to have access to that fashion museum all the time. I don’t go to museums as often as I should and I still have never been to the Natural History Museum. I need to fix that, stat!

  • Thanks for sharing this marvellous post. Gaultier: an iconic fashion designer in my eyes. I really appreciate his work so much. The last fashionexhibit like this I saw was the McQueen exhibit, otherwise I went to a smaller museum showing recently in Toronto.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Madison! I saw the McQueen exhibit too- it was really amazing.