When Jean-Paul came to Brooklyn

I wish you could have been there on Friday night. The man is hilarious! I instagrammed the fifteen seconds where he tells Kristina O’Neill from the Wall Street Journal about his teddy bear. As a boy he was not allowed to have a doll, so he dressed up the next best thing, Nana, in the very first cone bra. That was 1957. Now, at 61, Jean-Paul Gaultier is still the life of the party. With his thick French accent and elaborative gesticulations he entertained an audience of about one hundred fans at the Brooklyn Museum with funny anecdotes about his early life and extensive career. He told us how he would send sketches to designers in the hopes of being hired. (The first smart guy to do so was Pierre Cardin.) He told us how he went to a crazy tattoo show in London and got inspired to do an entire collection of T-shirts with sleeves that looked like the real thing. And he remembered the moment he saw Madonna for the first time on television and loved the way she dressed. He had so many great stories!

The exhibition was fantastic too, especially the mannequins with their projected, moving faces, and the final room, where all his best Couture pieces are presented. I was often speechless. He is an amazing couturier and has unparalleled imagination.

But what’s even better? Now you can buy some of these archival pieces! Starting October 30th, fifty never-before-worn pieces, mostly runway or editorial,  from the early 80s to early 90s will be on sale on Farfetch.com. Some notable items are the infamous cone bra dress from the Fall/Winter ’85 collection and the sequined knits from his Russian collection for Fall/Winter ’86. I have included some images from the sale. Happy shopping!

Watch the video here.


October 30, 2013

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4 Responses to “When Jean-Paul came to Brooklyn”

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    Wow, what amazing pictures and what amazing pieces!! I am quite certain I won’t be able to afford anything, but so many, many things pictured here that I would love to add to my wardrobe. And such a cute pic of you, too 😉

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    The Foolish Aesthete - Reply

    Serendipity, I just put up my photos from Gaultier’s exhibit when it came to our neck of the woods in San Francisco! There was something that was so ingeniously macabre in his designs that fit Halloween – or at least seems perfect to waltz the Danse Macabre to. Anyway, I agree, the exhibit is Fantastic!

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    What a delightful description of a delightful evening! JPG is one of my favorites, from his skill to attitude. That cone bra sweater is too funny! Gotta have it in my life. Just discovered you blog today and plan to visit often. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    I just saw this show the other day, and may need to go back again for a second viewing (I live across the street, so it’s easy!). It was a masterful exhibit and delighted me in ways I could not have foreseen.

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