L’Enfant Terrible.

Over Christmas break I was blessed enough to be able to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.

It opened in Montreal a week after I left Canada last summer and is currently in the first of 2 places in the States- how lucky was I that that place was Dallas?!

Below is a picture of a display window for Holt Renfrew, which is basically the Neiman Marcus of Canada. They were allowed to display some of Jean Paul Gaultier’s garments in preparation for a guest visit at Holt Renfrew and for the opening of his exhibit there last June.

With a designer such as Jean Paul Gaultier, you expect greatness. He is one of the 11 members of the Chambre de Syndicale de la Haute Couture (Chanel, Dior, and Cardin- Gaultier’s first employer, were all members) and manages to run other aspects of his design career from pret a porter to perfumes. Haute Couture literally means high sewing, but has come to represent and art of fashion. Some people find such designs are ridiculous and impractical, but wouldn’t dare of said such a thing to Van Gogh…which would essentially be along the same lines.

The Dallas Museum of Art’s display started out with an immediate attention grabber…the mannequins had faces projected on them and “talked” or told some kind of story. So, not only did the garments capture your attention, but the “characters” themselves grabbed you as well. With clients such as Sarah Jessica Parker, and the great Madonna, you couldn’t expect anything less.

The excitement didn’t end there, though. Each room brought its own feeling and aura, yet still managed to carry the JPG theme throughout the entire exposition.

When you see Jean PaulGaultier’s work, you know it is his. That, I believe is anyone’s dream- to have their work recognized without a sign or inscription that blatantly says it. Who doesn’t want to make something their own?

This exhibit will move on to San Fransciso next- it leaves Dallas February 12th, so hurry up and go see it!!


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