Gaultier speaks to us. The exhibit, The Fashion World From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, mesmerizes with animated mannequins who talk to us, sing in chorus, and even wink at you! But wait, we are here for Jean Paul Gaultier’s COUTURE?!@! Once we found the virtual Gaultier doll speaking to us, we were reminded to go back and survey the frocks, not just the faces!
Animated dolls. Gaultier was inspired by the Montreal-based theater company, Ubu Compagnie de Création, after witnessing their show where the actors were mannequins with video projected faces. For this exhibit, they collaborated in the design of 30 animated dolls to enliven the quirky couture fashions.
Frocks. This exhibit spans 35 years of Gaultier’s iconic fashions and fabrics, ranging from found objects to the divine, with his provocations that poke fun at the traditional rolls of gender and materials. Among the 140 designs are a corset with woven straw, a nude body suit with beaded veins, and a hounds-tooth berka pant suit complete with cigarette holder.
But of course, how do you exhibit fashions? You need people! Each design and person is unique and brilliant to inspire. Thank you, Gaultier, for animating the designs with life and enhancing with video winks.