Recently, I went to check out one of the exhibitions that all Parisians are talking about : The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The exhibition, in perhaps one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, is the first retrospective for this world renowned French fashion designer. Already over 1.5 million people have visited and the exhibition has generated a real “Gautiermania” atmosphere in fashion circles.
The exhibition presents many exclusive, private and not yet seen pieces of Gaultier (both haute couture and ready-to-wear), that were created between 1970 and 2013. Many objects and archival documents are shown to the public for the first time. They are accompanied in this exposition by a wonderful history of this designer that includes lots of his initial sketches. In addition, there is a range of stage costumes, film clips, shows, concerts, music and dance videos that really gives us an insight into the genius and extraordinary creativity that has made Gaultier, one of the great fashion personalities of all time.
The participation of other talented artists and renowned experts, such as the pioneering Montreal theatre group UBU directed by Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin, brings life into the whole exposition. They have been able to add some really innovative ideas with a highly innovative technological process. I thought that the thirty mannequins really brought the exposition to life. It was pretty impressive. Their faces are brought to life through a video projection – and you think that the mannequins are looking and speaking to you – we almost have to look closely to make sure they are not real people!
The well known hairdresser Odile Gilbert (Atelier 68) invented a hair style specifically for each model.
This exhibition has great spontaneity, fun and humour, reflecting the personality of Gaultier. One cannot help but feel happy. I walked around with a smile, delighted by the whole experience. The models address you and encourage you to reflect on what this great designer has done and stands for.
Larger than life, full of fun, full of energy, excess, and curiosity for novelty – These are the characteristics that have made Jean Paul Gaultier – so different- but so great.
Dont miss it !
Jean Paul Gaultier. Until 3rd August 2015 at the Grand Palais Paris