I recently checked out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The museum has been taking on a few initiatives lately to reinvent itself and move into the modern world….and I think that they’ve been very successful. The Gaultier show is an international exhibit originally conceived in Montreal, Canada, and it’s moved to a few locations before landing in Brooklyn. It’s an absolutely enormous show, documenting the different themes of Gaultier’s work from The Odyssey in the ‘70s to his Chic Rabbis collection.
At first glance, the clothes seemingly lean towards pure costume and runway pieces. There’s something about the way that they’re constructed that feels very temporary, but at the same time, I can relate to the frenetic pace of designing for a one-time shoot. By the time I was halfway through the exhibit, I realized I had a profound respect for his endless creativity. I could feel his eagerness to share the visions that he had in his mind immediately and not wanting to wait…which ultimately resulted in an overflow of fantasy that ran the gamut.
Gaultier is definitely a dream come true for a movie or a runway. The dramatics abound.
As an extra point a fascination, there was state of the art technology used with the mannequins that creates the illusion that they’re coming alive….that alone is worth going to see if you get a chance to go.