Isn’t it lovely when someone comes along and shakes things up!?!! Personally, I love it! Change is good.. it is the only constant and we must learn to embrace it and adapt…
A beautiful thing about fashion is it too is always changing– and as the lovely Heidi Klum of Project Runway states: One Day You’re In, The Next Day You’re OUT!
However long your fashion stint may last, the power in the purpose of design is its ability to interpret society and provide a mirror reflection of what is being lived and worn at the time. World class couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has embodied such talents and it is apparent in his eccentric, flamboyant, dramatic, and exquisitely crafted works. His artistry has had social and cultural implications as he has been among the few risqué fashion designers who has dared to use his profession as a means of making a bold social statement. Breaking boundaries and paving the way for many current and future avant-garde designers, an openly gay Gaultier has used the expansiveness of fashion creativity to bend the rules both forwards and backwards, playing with sexual nuances while tackling issues of gender and transgender orientations, androgyny, multiculturalism and even the darker elements of the sexual revolution.
At his recent exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between 1970-2010 were on display. As well as sketches, short films, fashion photographs, and archival documents, all spotlighting his collaborative works with filmmakers, choreographers and musicians. Lastly, the fabulous exhibit features the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing colorful vignettes.
Here are some snapshots from the show, xoxo, SC
Nautical stripes, classic French inspiration.
More maritime stripes.
Religious themes explored. Sacred Heart, halo, virgin.
Corset top, various Religious based etchings.
Siren Call, mermaid allusion.
The famous cone bra! Now on a Mermaid near you! ;)
More Mermaid Maidens! Look at the beautiful gold-scalloped detailing.
The boy and I at the BOUDOIR inspired room.
Beautiful and luscious figure hugging strapless dress.
Cone Bra Corset, worn by Madonna herself!
More BOUDOIR inspiration.
Sketchings from one of Madonna’s various world tours where she worked closely with Gaultier.
Can-Can Tulle Dress, dusty rose.
Costumes from Madonna’s 2010 World Tour.
Urban Jungle collection. Tribal, graphic, and natural world meets high fashion couture.
Punk/Vivienne Westwood influences.
Sleek black dress.
Beautiful, angular jacket.
Kylie Minogue costume from one of her concerts.