Entering The Fashion World: Jean Paul Gaultier at NGV

Danielle Wilson


Photo: Danielle Wilson

It’s not very often that you can play tourist in your own city, which is just what I got to do when I visited The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition showcased 140 haute couture pieces, each outlining the materials used, including python skin and wheat, as well as the hours it took to create each beautiful creation, some in excess of 2400 hours. It was utterly amazing to see the dedication, effort and imaginativeness presented by Gaultier over the past 40 years.

The term Haute Couture is protected by French Law, as is the making of the French baguette, which our team learned in Paris last year. Haute Couture garments are handmade and the fashion house itself needs to meet a number of criteria and be approved by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris yearly. This highly appealing art form is a splendid and longstanding part of the fashion world and fashion will always be one of the most expressive art forms.


Photo: Danielle Wilson

Alongside the magnificent garments, the exhibition included fashion sketches and stunning photographs of celebrities including Streamtime favourite, Cate Blanchett and my personal favourite, Nicole Kidman.

The exhibition is closing February 8th, so be sure you get down there this week.

 

Danielle Wilson loves her job. In fact you won’t come across anyone more enthusiastic to help customers work more effectively and efficiently. She is very passionate about the environment and Bloody Marys. Just don’t try and serve her fast food from a multi national!

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Entering The Fashion World: Jean Paul Gaultier at NGV