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Au Revoir Jean Paul Gaultier

17 Oct

I missed the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Montreal Museum of  Fine Art that just ended on October 2.  I would have loved to been able to see the exhibit but due to the lack of funds, I wasn’t able to.  I had a co-worker who went to see the Gaultier exhibit the same time I went to see the McQueen exhibit and she loved it.  One of the things she found quite interesting that differs from other fashion exhibits were the projected moving faces on the mannequins.

The exhibition showcases 140 outfits spanning the course of his career.  Like the Alexander McQueen exhibit, it is presented thematically rather than chronologically and it is presented through the following themes:  The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier,  The Boudoir, Skin Deep, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle, and Metropolis.  Included in the exhibition are never before seen prints and photographs of Gaultier’s work by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Robert Doisneau, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Pierre et Gilles, Mario Testino, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Ellen von Unwerth and Bettina Rheims.

There is also an accompanying exhibit book, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” by Suzy Menkes and Nathalie Bondil  that will be available for purchase through book retailers in November.  Most likely I will be purchasing this since I didn’t have a chance to see it.  I only hope that the book includes photographs of all 140 outfits displayed in the exhibit.

The exhibit will also be traveling to the following museums:

Dallas Museum of Art
November 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young
March 24 – August 19, 2012

Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid
September 26 – November 18, 2012

Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands
February 9 – May 12, 2013

If I can save enough money, maybe I could go see the exhibit in one of those cities and have a nice vacation.

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the MET

9 Aug

This past weekend I made a quick last minute trip to New York City to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before it ended.  I endured a ten hour bus ride from Toronto to New York hoping to arrive at its scheduled time so I could line up at the MET before it opened.  The bus arrived two hours late into NYC and by the time I got to the MET, there were enormous line-up on either side of the museum to get in.

I waited one and a half hour outside to get inside the MET.  Once I got in, I had to wait another one and a half hour to see the exhibit.

So was it worth it?  It was WORTH EVERY SINGLE MINUTE I HAD TO WAIT.  I could almost cry from the beauty and artistry that went into every piece.  Alexander McQueen is a master tailor known for pushing the boundary in drafting, draping and tailoring.  He also had a great respect for couturier techniques, which are reflected in his works.  All I can say is having seen the exhibit and owning the exhibit book “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’, the photos in the book does not capture the full breadth of the beauty and ingenuity in each of his work.  You cannot see every stitch or seam in the photos.  In fact some of the black garments in the book you can barely make out the seams.  There is a petition going around to make this a traveling exhibit.  Here is the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/please-make-alexander-mcqueens-savage-beauty-a-traveling-exhibition.  If you were one of the few that couldn’t make it because you lived too far or lived on a different Continent, sign the petition to have it brought to your city.   I would definitely see it again if I had another opportunity.

Also buy the exhibit the book if you couldn’t make it out to see the exhibit.  It is worth the buy, since Amazon has it on sale for thirty dollars ( I paid 25 to get into the exhibit and 7 for the audio guide) so take advantage of this price before the price goes up or the book sells out.

Here are some pictures of the exhibit taken from the MET website.  Enjoy!