HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you're in Melbourne and looking for something to do over the holiday break, I highly recommend The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. As someone who did an Introduction to Visual Merchandising short course over the last few months and is the proud owner of a mannequin (who will be replacing me in my outfit posts), JPG's exhibition was visual candy.
Jean Paul Gaultier has been closely involved with the exhibition, which features some 140 garments alongside photographs, sketches, stage costumes and excerpts from runway shows and films. Organised around seven themes, the exhibition traces the designers influences, passions and obsessions, but it also boasts extraordinary exhibition design in the form of 32 custom mannequins that incorporate high-def audio visual projections of various personalities, including the man himself.
On my birthday I spotted JPG on Collins Street and after a rather uncomfortable amount of "excuse me's" to get his attention, he was kind enough to have his photo taken with me (here)!