Over the weekend I treated myself to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young museum. To sum up my experience, it was weird, wacky and wonderful, and all at the same time.
Upon waiting to enter the first part of the exhibit I could hear a voice talking and some singing. As I drew nearer I could tell it was the voice of Gaultier speaking. But, once inside the room, I realized the mannequins themselves were alive! Each was dressed in a Gaultier finery and had personality. One portrayed Gaultier himself, introducing visitors to a glimpse into his world.
As I explored the exhibit I came across a mermaid, a moving runway with some amazing evening gowns and some highly sexual designs in glittering black.
Gaultier has never been one for shyness and this exhibit of his work showed just that. From dresses dripping with sequins to corsets dripping with sex appeal to knitwear with impeccable detailing, Gaultier’s finest work from throughout the course of his career was on display. A few walls of tvs showed his work live on the runway and in movies and music videos. One wall contained a small selection of his sketch work.
Since visiting, I can’t help but be inspired to become more creative with artistic expression in my life. After all, fitting in is boring.