On my last night in NYC we braved the over 90 minute line to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition – From Sidewalks To Catwalks – on view at the The Brooklyn Museum from October 25, 2013, through February 23, 2014. I’m so glad we did. It was worth every second we waited.
The critically acclaimed show spans the Paris-based designer’s over 40-year career (he first started as assistant to Pierre Cardin), and not only displays his very first creation (1971), but this last stop also includes ensembles from his recent runway shows not shown in the previous venues.
What makes this fashion exhibit stand out are not only Gaultier’s exquisite, creative, cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear designs, but the dynamic, multimedia contemporary installation itself. It features film, dance and concert costumes (Madonna and Pedro Almodovar), photographs by Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol and Herb Ritts, among others, and video and television clips. In addition, many of the mannequins revolve to display all angles of each ensemble, while some circulate on a continuously moving catwalk!
The most amazing feature by far are the thirty-two mannequins, wearing remarkable wigs and headdresses by Odile Gilbert, which come alive “with interactive faces created by technologically ingenious audiovisual projections”, other wise known as holograms. They actually talked, it was quite the surprise! A dozen celebrities, including Gaultier himself, lent their faces projected onto the mannequins and often their voices to this project.
The exhibit’s last stop at The Brooklyn Museum will be the only one on the east coat, so start planning your trip now!