While in Montreal this weekend, we went to the Jean Paul Gauthier exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was STUNNING! I've always been obsessed with Fashion - and Jean Paul Gauthier. I remember seeing his runway collections in the pages of Vogue when I was just a little girl.
I loved learning that Jean Paul Gauthier was a self-taught couturier that boldly struck out on his own with only his imagination and talent behind him. Now he's the hallmark of modern Parisien fashion.
I was so inspired by his creativity, passion and exquisite attention to detail of these haute couture designs. These are not mere clothes, they are truly pieces of art.
|All the mannequins had facial images projected onto them. These women were part of the religious iconography installation and were singing choral music. Yes, it was creepy -- but totally cool too :)|
|The man in stripes himself - his facial image was projected onto the mannequin and he told us all about the show - en Francais of course!|
|Look at the details of the dress. Apparently Kylie Minogue wore this dress. The mannequins would blink and then follow you with their eyes -- or so I thought!|
|Yes this is a white leather sailor costume.|
|Stunning pant suit with a flowing train from the top.|
|Classic J-P-G! This dress was made like a sweater, then the skirt was feathers. The man's sweater is made out of mink fur!|
|The sailor contingent.|
|The catwalk! Moving mannequins featuring creations spanning Jean Paul Gauthier's career going around on a motorized catwalk.|
|Concept images from Madonna's Blond Ambition tour in the early 90s.|
|And the "i-CONE-ic" corset - Love Madonna!|
|Another corset with exaggerated boning detail and skirt.|
|Lacey man pants!|
|Feathery man corset!|
|These reminded me of Lady Gaga|
|Gorgeous looks for the catwalk - classic black dress!|
|Paris dress - so amazingly sparkly!|
|I love these chic black looks.|
|Lovely Tour Eiffel beaded detail on this nude net dress.|
|Can-Can dress inspired by the Moulin Rouge!|
|Chic suit with attached hat. Eighties off-the-should pantsuit behind.|
|His modern take of the suit - Gaga-style = NO PANTS! Or the one behind with the jacket sewn over the bra top? Not sure how that one would go over in the office!|
|Gorgeous nylons with Eiffel tower details!|
|Reminds me of the Pearlies from Lambeth in London! Totally chic, and totally wearable!|
|Even the hose had a pearl button seams!|
|Definitely more punk - apparently Kurt Cobain wore the black shirt underneath in Nirvana's 1993 video for "Heart-shaped Box"|
|Big A's plaid doesn't fit in with these punk styles. We're totally from the burbs, eh?|
|This headdress was amazing - it's supposed to be a wedding dress!|
|Big A said, "Wow! It looks like he used a cheetah hide!" But...|
|...he didn't. This print is ALL HAND-BEADED! Apparently it took 1060 hours to complete. Just jaw-dropping! It's so realistic!|
|I've always wanted a hair-y top hat!|
|The Red Face dress!|
|This dress is made out of film strips!|
|A chartreuse dress with a portable hair dryer attached!|
|Gorgeous sweater gown with a big white crinoline & matching fur hat!|
|Oh Lady Gaga!|
So you can see that I adored this exhibit! I seriously felt like I was transported momentarily to Paris.
I was determined to buy a memento from the boutique, but everything was a little pricey. You could buy a stripey sailor t-shirt for $250. An umbrella was $200. Yup, so that's not in the budget! Luckily my trusty iPhone was able to catch some grainy images for me!