My Sundays are normally embarrassingly lazy. There is nothing I like more on a Sunday than to be sprawled out on my couch all day, watching trashy TV and stuffing my face but yesterday I went against all my natural instincts (even braving the London downpour!) and headed east to an exhibition I’ve wanted to see for quite a while now; The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
The exhibition is being held at the Barbican Centre in east London with Barbican and Moorgate as the closest tube stations. This was my first visit and the centre itself is beautiful with a lovely courtyard and fountains which unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture due to the aforementioned downpour! There’s a cafe with outdoor seating which overlooks the courtyard if you want to enjoy a coffee outside.
As much as I love fashion, I honestly knew very little about JPG beyond his iconic Breton stripes and cone corsets made famous by Madonna. It was so interesting to learn about how he entered the fashion world, his eclectic views on style and how he always prefers to break fashion boundaries rather than stay within them.
Incredibly cool and equally terrifying were these mannequins they had throughout the exhibition with human faces projected onto them from the top that moved, spoke (absolute gibberish) and sang in English, French & Spanish!
JPG has had several muses over the years with each having their own quirky and larger than life personality. He prefers his models to be slightly different than the norm and is actually open to all shapes, sizes, races, etc.
I think the Boudoir section of this exhibition was probably my favourite with all the soft pastels and beautiful corsets. Although not practical, how gorgeous is the below dress?
The exhibition is now in its final weeks, ending on 25th August and the tickets are £14.50 for general admission. I didn’t book mine before so there’s no need to purchase ahead of time. All ticket details can be found here.
I really enjoyed uncovering his story and (despite being a little creepy) loved the unique mannequins! I’ve been to a few exhibitions on designers over the years and it’s always so interesting to learn about their history and how throughout their careers, certain elements in their designs are inspired by either a point in their childhood or a gift that they were given or a colour that caught their eye while walking down the street 10 years ago!
Do check this out if you get the chance.