Clothes are expensive.
You have to buy them, and to buy them you have to believe in them- JPG
On Monday I attended the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the NGV. Words and pictures cannot do justice to collection on show. From the intricate details of every garment to the atmosphere that had been carefully curated, I had goose-pimples all over from the moment I walked in the door. For me the sign of a good art exhibition is the number of goose-pimples and the duration of their stay, judging by the whole body reaction and the fact they didn’t leave until I did, it can be concluded that JPG was INCREDIBLE!
Rather than displaying JPG’s work in chronological order the collection was set up in themes, with the first ‘room’ working as an introduction where Jean Paul himself welcomes you to his Melbourne show through means of projection onto white faced mannequins. The projection is so realistic that I had to get very close to work out it was mannequins and not actors. As you walk around the mannequins follow you with their eyes, blink, or talk which is quite unnerving! The themes of the exhibition were a burlesque/red light district with his ‘raunchier’ works, a mirrored reflective room, a catwalk of conservative pieces with a collection of punks as onlookers, and a series of light, dark and blue rooms.
Having caught the exhibition in its last days I feel very fortunate to have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to view such immaculate garments.
If you are in Melbourne the exhibition closes on February 8th. Book tickets online before going as I waited more than an hour to get in and it was 11.30am on a Monday!
Have you seen the JPG collection? Would love to hear your feedback below.