Almost a month ago I went to Barbican Centre – Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition to explore his fabulous avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs. Maybe it is a bit silly to post something so old, even the exhibitions is now closed already. But the exhibition was a-m-a-z-i-n-g and truly inspiring, so it would be sad not to share some images with you. Too bad I didn’t have camera with me. (So i had to take photos with my vintage iPhone camera) To those who are not familiar with Gaultier’s style here are few sentences that will help you to understand all these (maybe) sometimes weird looking images and clothing:
‘Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.’
This theatrically-staged exhibition brought together more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. I have spent 3 hours reading about every single it! It was absolutely amazing! Can you imaging most of his couture dresses took more then 200 hours to make! And his beaded leopard dress (Yes you heard me right, all leopard on that dress is beaded with tiny little beads) and it took not so much, just 1006 hours of pure hand sewing!!!
Text and images by Dovilė Bertulytė.