My new fashion crush – Jean Paul Gaultier

The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the sidewalk to the catwalk’ opened at the Barbican in London last week.  The exhibition is dedicated to the French designer and covers all the iconic moments of his 40 year career, as well as the lesser known costumes for film and dance.
My favourite part of this exhibition: being allowed to take photos! Here is a few;

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Jean Paul as a mannequin welcoming us to the exhibition,  very clever use of projection on all the mannequin’s faces.

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His muses – there were many more, including the lovely Kylie;

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Kylie ‘ s tour costume.

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Detail from the iconic Madonna corset, along with other beautiful lingerie inspired creations;

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The highlight of my visit ….. the chance to see Jean Paul in conversation with the fabulous Suzy Menkes;

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He was his usual charismatic self, open and honest. He spoke very very fast in his lovely french accent so I really had to tune in and concentrate to make sure I didn’t miss anything. He discussed his career in general, along with the highs and lows.
He spoke frequently about his boyfriend Francis who tragically died of AIDS in 1990, discussed the time he served with Cardin and Patou in his early career and other designers he had encountered and mentored over the years, such as Yves St Laurent and Martin Margiela (who he spoke very fondly of). He even treated us to some lighthearted banter about the making of eurotrash.
The Barbican (along with the Montreal Museum of fine Art) have yet again achieved  an imaginative exhibition which makes you feel like you are in the world of Gaultier, with creative displays and sets,  the moving faces on the mannequin’s and revolving catwalks.
The exhibition continues until 25th August so there is plenty of time to go and visit.
R x

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Pop Art and Gin

So, is there a better combination!?

Pop Art Design is the current exhibition at the Barbican, from Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (which looks worth a visit, just for the architecture).

A great mix of art and design, including all sorts of iconic objects – from the poster dress to the The Studio 65 Bocca Lip Sofa, from 1972:

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It’s not my favourite era for design but was still a fascinating collection to browse. More than anything, it highlights the items that were absolutely cutting edge design at the time and how much things have changed!

This exhibition is cheerful and nostalgic, you’ll definitely come out smiling!

What might also make you smile is the new Gin Joint, also at the Barbican.  As its name suggests, a place where you can buy Gin, lots of it, in many different forms.

We indulged in a little gin cocktail each;

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A Bramble and a Peppercorn, delicious.