The Genius of Gaultier at the Barbican

Inspiration is washing over me after yesterday’s soggy visit to the Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London.  This imaginative exhibition (introduced by a talking Gaultier mannequin – the sight of his and other faces projected onto blank mannequins which speak, wink and sing at you as you wander through is somewhat disconcerting at first) is the perfect display of his genius.

JPG welcomes us to his exhibition
JPG welcomes us to his exhibition

Seldom does one get so close to real couture, close enough to examine, of course without touching, but to see how things are put together and, for me, marvel as his use fabrics.  This is avant garde fashion at its best… and, unusually for modern exhibitions, they even allowed photographs!

It couldn't be complete without trademark stripes
It couldn’t be complete without trademark stripes

I loved the tartan/punk dresses, and of course a Gaultier exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a corset or two.

Love the tartan and love this dress.
Love the tartan and love this dress.

 

Tartan up close
Tartan up close
Love the tie dress
Love the tie dress

 

Fantastic use of cheap materials with this corn bodice which took hundreds of hours to create
Fantastic use of cheap materials with this corn bodice which took hundreds of hours to create

 

Madonna's Blond Ambition cone bodice... she's sooo tiny!
Madonna’s Blond Ambition cone bodice… she’s sooo tiny!
Grace Jones
Love this elegant jump suit for Grace Jones which is so old but still looks so modern
I love feathers and this outfit is fantastic - I was mesmerized by the mannequin's singing!
I love feathers and this outfit is fantastic – I was mesmerized by the mannequin’s singing!

This was the perfect way to spend a wet Tuesday (or any day) in London.  Miss it at your peril.

The revolving catwalk from the upstairs gallery
The revolving catwalk from the upstairs gallery

 

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