What can I say that hasn’t already been written about the new Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery? Under the genius guidance of curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, it’s a pretty darn fantastic thing to witness even if you’re not particularly into fashion. Without spoiling too many of the surprises, there are large-scale murals of the designer’s Australian muses as painted by Rone, hours of significant pieces to trawl through, the chance to imagine what it might feel like to experience one of Gaultier’s couture runway shows from the front row, plus a good dose of cheekiness. Even the mannequins are a somewhat haunting revelation.
After donating Nicole Kidman’s 2003 Oscar’s dress to the gallery, an effusive Jean-Paul explained, at Mercedes Benz’s exclusive preview, that he thought the showcase was “the best exhibition, truly, that we’ve had…it makes my clothes even better than they are!”
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on now until February 2015. Book your tickets here.