THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

July 3, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier

Last week while we were traveling Canada for vacation, my hb and I visited the fantastic exhibition “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier “From Sidewalk to the Catwalk” in the museum of fine arts.

This exhibition will travel to Dallas Museum of Art (November 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012),

the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 – August 19, 2012),

Thee Young (March 24 – August 19, 2012), the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (September 26 – November 18, 2012) ,

and The Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (February 9 – May 12, 2013).

The exhibition was fantastic not only to see the 140 garments which were shown but also the display with 30 of the dress models/ mannequins have animated faces.

The clothes are not just displayed on our average mannequin: in true avant garde style faces of those close to Gaultier are projected onto the mannequin’s modeled heads- Gaultier’s own countenance is even present on one lucky model (see video below, it is truly mind blowing). Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts explains the innovative method of display: “If you know Jean Paul Gaultier’s world then you see how creative and how alive and fun it is. It would be wrong to show his work only on boring mannequins.”

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My husband took a lot of pictures (+ 130) of the garments ( allowed by the museum but no flashes)

You can see them all at  my flickr album

If you have the opportunity to see the exhibition please do, it is phenomenal.

I admire the designs but also the fantastic craft/workmanship from all the people who made those fantastic garments.

see this leopard skin dress’ which is made entirely from tiny beads embroidery.

6 months ago I watched the Arte documentary “The day before Jean Paul Gaultier”on Dutch television with Dutch subtitles, maybe you can watch it too via

AVRO Close Up portal – Close Up: The Day Before: Jean-Paul Gaultier.


  1. Wonderful, keep it up thanks.

    Comment by photography website templates — July 3, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Thank you for all of those wonderful pics, have you seen the Alexander McQueen exhibit ?

    Comment by Lourdes — July 3, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  3. Thank you..really informative!!

    Comment by kiki — July 3, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

  4. So beautiful. One of my favourite designers but I had never realised quite how amazing he is until I saw your pic of the leopard skin dress. Extraordinary.

    Comment by jacquie — July 4, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  5. Els – thanks for this review – particularly the travel schedule – will look forward to seeing this in Dallas!

    Comment by Claire Kennedy — July 7, 2011 @ 11:01 am

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