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Sing Along Jean Paul


My mother had to visit me from South America so I finally take vacations and go places!

As a good daughter I took her to most of the main touristic places in the city: The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State building, a Broadway Musical, I took her for a walk on Fifth and Madison Avenues for a quick fashion view, of course the Bergdorf Goodman’s windows and multiple themed museums, but the big number was at the Brooklyn Museum for the Jean-Paul Gaultier Exhibit, that by the way, goes until february 23.

Oh Jean Paul, you made it happen for us…sigh

In previous posts I wrote about different fashion exhibits I went to. Most often the mannequins are secondary in importance than the clothes, but this time, awe! this time they were as relevant. I got a pleasant surprise when I realised they were talking mannequins! and my dear mother told me that this exhibit was what she liked the most of all her New York experience. Wow! double pleasant surprise for me!

trio pics4Mr. JPG in the middle of other talking mannequins 

trio pics1 trio pics2 trio pics3Some wonderful pieces I liked

trio pics5Shoes!!!

So we had a Jean Paul Gaultier’s mannequin welcoming us and a lot of boys and girls and girls-looking-like-boys and boys-looking-like-girls, singing, telling stories, screaming and humming, along with the wonderfully crafted and masterfully designed clothes.

Jean Paul Gaultier was one of the first designers that called my attention when I started in fashion. I was obsessed with his approach to the androgyny, tuxedo-style-application/inspiration to any kind of garment and also with his punk and rock’n’roll references.

What I admire the most though, besides his designing talents, is that he is such a charming and multifaceted character. In the past he recorded a music record (him singing), directed his own videos. Was the host of a t.v. show on the U.K.’s Channel 4. He’s been a jury on the Cannes Festival. He designed the wardrobe for multiple and influential musicians like Madonna, Marilyn Manson and Kylie Minogue, besides others. Designed the wardrobe for many very well known and transcendental movies of our times. Currently, he is the creative director for his own brand, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Paul Gaultier JEANS, Juniors, kids and his fragrances.

What more can I say!

If you want to see fun videos and other pictures go to the museum’s website here

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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