Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This is the 10th stop for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which he flew in to launch. But, despite the repetition that comes with a travelling exhibition, Gaultier is excitable, as if this is the first time, because fashion – even that which he creates – has a way of drawing attention to new details every time you view it.

“I noticed some tulle in a dress I forgot I had created,” he says, pointing to a gown in the yonder.

“The way the light draws your attention to certain pieces reminds you of things you once forgot. I have been designing for 38 years so it’s easy to forget every intricate detail to every dress.”

His beautiful French accent, wave of silver hair and childlike smile draw attention to the first corset dress he designed in the early ’80s. It is in the boudoir part of the exhibition’s themed rooms. This early dress is where Gaultier’s now famous cone-bra concept began, before the look was made famous by Madonna on her Blond Ambition tour. As a young boy, Gaultier drew cone-like impressions on his teddy bear called Nana – she is also featured behind glass.

“There is nobody like Madonna,” he says. “She directs herself, is talented, tough and interesting. She inspires women and men to follow her. She rules her own world.”

The relationship between the designer and his muse drew much interest and Gaultier admits he was always attracted to Madonna’s enigmatic presence. He always attracted to Madonna’s enigmatic energy. He says he first saw her on television singing Like A Virgin and was gobsmacked by her mix of sexy moves and religious connotations.

“I proposed to her three times, but she refused me every time,” he says, revealing something he’s kept under his hat for decades. But he then adds, “People change, and we don’t speak much anymore.”

Source : TheWeeklyReview

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