John Paul Gaultier was among the createurs who helped make French fashion so exciting in the 1980s. The way he played with conventions of sex and gender, in particular, has had a profound influence on fashion. For example, rather than using coresetry to reinforce conventional ideals of beauty, Gaultier has always emphasized that many body types, genders and ages can be attractive. This Orange Shirred Velvet Corset Dress, featuring Gaultier’s signature cone bra top (made famous by Madonna) is from his 1984 Fall collection.
Photo/Portrait of Jean Paul Gaultier (All Photos By Gail)
As promised, here’s another stash of awesome photos from The Brooklyn Museum’s Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Retrospective. These creations can be found in The Boudoir Gallery.
For background (the how and why, so to speak) information on the exhibit, please visit This Link.
Note the prototype Cone Bra-Wearing Teddy Bear, which set a precedent for many Cone Bras to Come!
Detail from the photo above. This was one of my favorite outfits in the entire exhibit.
It can be argued that Gaultier virtually created Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour persona with his elaborate corsets, bustiers and fetish-wear designed for the superstar and her dancers. Certainly there is ample evidence to that end on display here, in The Boudoir.
Let the Homoeroticism Begin!
Madonna in Her Gaultier-Designed Iconic Gold Corset
The walls of this gallery are covered floor to ceiling in quilted, champagne colored satin. Very nice!
This is what the gallery looks like with people in it.
Various scents of JPG Cologne in the now Iconic Bottle!
Outfits designed for Beth Ditto of The Gossip!
That White Lace dress is nice!
If these pics, and the ones posted previously, aren’t enough to inspire you to get your ass to the Brooklyn Museum for this exhibit, I have another set or two which will run probably next week. For logistical information (the when, where and how much) on the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit, please visit This Link.