Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier in Montreal...

One sunny Sunday, my good friend Julie (of popchampagne) and I decided to take a little trip to Montreal...aside from the fact that Montreal is an amazing city and it's only two hours away from Ottawa, there was a very specific purpose to our travels on this particular Sunday: The Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts...the exhibit, entitled, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" was well worth the travel (and well worth the amount we got lost!) It is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the French couturier and showcases many of his designs, costumes, gowns and creations from various decades, including Madonna's famous cone-breasted bra...the exhibit marks the designer brand's 35th anniversary and is also the first stop on it's international rotation...as the museum's courier so aptly describes it:
"I wanted to create an exhibition on Jean Paul Gaultier more than any other couturier because of his great humanity," explained Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Beyond the technical virtuosity resulting from exceptional expertise in the various skills involved in haute couture, an unbridled imagination and ground-breaking artistic collaborations, he offers an open-minded vision of society, a crazy, sensitive, funny, sassy world in which everyone can assert his or her own identity, a world without discrimination, a unique 'fusion couture.' Beneath Jean Paul Gaultier's wit and irreverence lie a true generosity of spirit and a very powerful message for society. His humanist aesthetic touches me deeply." 
Her vision was realized, I can attest to that...the exhibit is amazing...just to be in the same space as some of these creations is enough to leave you feeling in awe, but to actually see the interactive mannequins and be able to hear the creative genius speak through them makes the experience so much more intense, not to mention breathtaking! What's especially great about this particular show, is that unlike most museum installations where visitors are not allowed to take photos, at this exhibit it is completely fine to do so...as a result I was able to capture some of Mr. Gaultier's amazing creations on film (well digitally anyway)...here are some of the highlights from the day...enjoy...
Grand entrance to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit...it was impressive all around...
 My ticket and some of the stunning dresses and gowns and creations byJPG...
 This was one of my favourite rooms...it was designed like an actual fashion runway, with various fashions from his collections...it was brilliant!
 Inspired by punks, among other things...
 The detailing in all of Gaultier's work leaves the viewer speechless, it's no wonder one gown can take up to 2000 hours to complete...you can't see it here in full form, but up close the detail is seriously impressive...
 More details and some of the amazing head-pieces throughout his collection...what can i say, the man is a genius a la mode...
 It's also obvious that he is inspired by more than just what he sees around him, but also the various and different cultures he has visited or had exposure to...
Hanging out in front of the museum, at the gift shop and throughout the city...
{Two bottom left photos by Julie}
Some street photography, our lunch (it was yummy!!!) and a photo of me taking a photo by Ms. Julie...

More Montreal Street Scenes...

The exhibit runs until October 2nd, so if you are near Montreal and an avid fan of Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion or just want to see something absolutely amazing and creative, go check it out...the next stop on its international tour will be the Dallas Museum of Art, in November...
Love K

7 comments:

Pop Champagne said...

omg your pictures are amazing kat!! love the collages you did of them too!

Kat said...

Oh darn, I didn't know this was on! Thanks for the zillions of pictures, it's the next best thing to being there!

michelle_ said...

loving the exhibition there !

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Emma said...

Those pics are jsut amazing!
I love Gaultier!
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Rebecca Jane said...

Your pictures are absolutely lovely. I am dying to see this exhibit.

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