I finally made it to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art (Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk). Last two days – hurry and get there! Apparently it’s the most-attended exhibition the museum has had of late – the last two days of the exhibition are sure to be a total zoo. Makes sense – despite what most of you foreigners (non-Texans) think, Dallas-ites ARE in fact extremely interested in fashion. I mean, we birthed Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak, duh.
I thought the exhibit was fantastic. I was expecting some amazing hand-sewn couture gowns, which were delivered, but there was so much more. A lot of more S&M-inspired pieces, a “Boudior” collection, 80’s punk, and science fiction costumes worn in the Fifth Element. If you didn’t already feel like you were living in the renowned enfant terrible’s creepy yet brilliant fantasy world, the mannequins had blank faces with actual facial features projected onto the blank canvas though film from ceiling projectors, with an incredible life-like reality (see pictures below). I have never seen anything like it, and mannequins would spontaneously begin speaking (of course with a French accent). Freaky, yet awesome. Many of the displays noted how many hours were put into each of the pieces – sometimes, hundreds. The attention to detail and the actual craft are just incredible. I was just blown away by the creativity and the artistic vision that he has – by far one of the most unique and inspired designers I have ever seen.