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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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

On my recent trip to London my first stop was the Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum.

Slightly pricey in comparison to other similar exhibitions but worth paying to get a glimpse in to his fascinating world.

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Maybe its because i’m a bit nosey (aren’t we all!?) but the chance to have a look at what his design space looks like and the images that provide his inspiration and ideas was absolutely captivating.

My favourites were without doubt the wall of images, especially the hand drawn pictures, saved envelopes and thank you notes he has received over the years.  They provided an insight in to his world but also made me want to know more – “who drew it, what letter did it contain, why was it so special that you decided to frame it?”

I rarely stop to watch a film in an exhibition, I am too impatient to sit still for long enough! However, give me a glimpse behind the scenes of a fashion show: it had me hooked, I even sat down.

This one is definitely worth a visit if you can;  have a look at the teaser film here to make your mind up!  Inspiring and fun. ( it’s on until 9th March)

We spent time looking at the museum collection, which never really gets dull – but the highlight of the other exhibitions was the the Designers in Residence collection, showcasing four new and emerging designers early in their career.  3D printing, fascinating stuff.

Next up: Pop Art (and Gin) at the Barbican.