So, today I went to see the Expo in Rotterdam, about Jean Paul Gaultier: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. It was superduper awesome and really all I can say is you should go see it, would that have been possible. Unfortunately, as with all, I kinda last-minuted this expo and went there on the very last day of the three month expo period. That meant, a looooong line. But all that was coolio, since I brought along my fabulous sister who we will call Morgan today, with me for company.
We got this real coolio info booklet with info about the expo and every single outfit that was on show. So some info about this expo, it was kinda saying this:
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier. The exhibition, which the couturier considers to be a creation in its own right, features approximately 140 ensembles with their accessoires, mainly from the designers couture collections, but also from his prêt-à-porter lines. Created between 1970 and 2011, these pieces have, for the most part, never before been exhibited.
Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Keenly interested in all the world’s cultures and countercultures, Gaultier has picked up on the current trends and proclaimed the right to be different. Beyond the technical virtuosity, an unbridled imagination and ground-breaking artistic collaborations, he offers an open-minded vision of society, a crazy, sensitive, funny, sassy world in which everyone can assert his or her own identity, a world without discrimination, a unique “fusion couture”. Through his fashion, he demonstrates that everything is possible.
The expo started out with a 50 minute long docu/bio film about the man Jean Paul himself =). Both this movie as the rest of the expo were superrrrrcoolio. There were six different thematic sections that trace the influences that have marked the coutouriers creative development: The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, The Boudoir, Skin Deep, Punk CanCan, Urban Jungle and Metropolis. The best part of this expo part for me was for sure the one called “Skin Deep” because it was here that one of my favourite all time fashion pieces was on show: The black jet-embroidered silk velvet and satin skeleton corset that was worn by Dita von Teese, part of the Parisiennes collection. WOWIE! I took so many pictures of all the expo, below some shots of each theme =)
T H E O D Y S S E Y
T H E B O U D O I R
S K I N D E E P
P U N K C A N C A N
Thanks for reading,