Earlier this week the girls and I took a walk through the world of bizarre fashions courtesy of Monsieur Jean Paul Gaultier and the de Young Museum.
"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to the Catwalk" is an exhibition of some of Gaultier's finest creations currently on display at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (through to August 19th 2012).
|The perfect suit for San Francisco!|
This was a fashion exhibition unlike any other I have seen before. Should I have expected anything less from fashion's "infant terrible"?
As soon as we entered the exhibition we were in for a surprise - and it didn't come from the outfits on display. On first glance the mannequins appeared to be real people. But then wait, their bodies are plastic. No, they must be real, their faces are moving. What's going on here?
|The famous Gaultier nautical stripes|
Many of the mannequins in the exhibition have faces projected onto them. This is done in such a way that when the projected face moves it really seems like the mannequin's head is moving. The mannequins blink, smile, mouth words, sing, raise their eyebrows and even yawn. This was the first time I've ever had to retake a photo of a mannequin as I caught them with their eyes closed!
Some of the mannequins speak or sing. In the first part of the exhibit there is a mannequin with Jean Paul Gaultier's face projected onto it. Gaultier welcomes you to the exhibition and tells you a little about himself. Further down the track we encountered mermaid outfits worn by mannequins that sang a siren's song. Their haunting voices coming from a small speaker placed just so above their heads.
Now one might think that with these amazing special effects it might detract from the outfits on display, but no. Even with the "moving" mannequins to contend with the outfits really speak for themselves.
As such, I'll write no more and leave you with the photos to peruse. Just like the outfits, the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
|"Immaculata" gown for Kylie Minogue|
|The trademark Gaultier pointy bustier - the first of many in the exhibition|
|Stunning, yet completely impractical, umbrella|
|Madonna's pointy-boob corsets!|
|This ribbon dress was beautiful|
|Gaultier maternity wear?|
|The Skin Deep Gallery|
|Chantilly Lace Body Stocking|
|Flesh and blood|
|More flesh and blood|
|A little Lady Ga Ga, perhaps?|
|Outfits worn by Madonna and a dancer|
|Skin Deep gallery|
|Another singing mannequin|
|Now that's a lot of feathers|
|Love the styling of these crocodile outfits.|
|Perfect for a Cowboys & Indians themed wedding|
|Tribal wedding gown|
|Tribal wedding gown and cave girl|
|Beaded galleon hat|
|Perfect for riding a yak in style|
|Now that's a hat!|
|Glamour camo or Glamourfage?|
|Dressed from head to toe|
|Taking recycling cans to a new level|
|Scourer jewellery and ashtray handbag|
|The Punk Cancan Room|
|This Barbarella bodysuit was my favourite|
|Neon, mesh and rope|
|Apparently the green outfit is Ava's favourite|
If you're interested in taking a look behind the scenes, here's a link to a blog I came across detailing the set up for the exhibition when it was on display in Dallas prior to coming to San Francisco. It's pretty interesting stuff.