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!
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?).
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.
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!
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!
Tell me: What was the last museum you visited?