With nearly 40 years at the cutting table, Gaultier has an endless back catalogue of wonderful creations to draw from. Many of these designs will be familiar to local audiences through the NGV’s exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier that hit Melbourne last year, from his conical bra to his ongoing repurposing of the sailor shirt to his man skirt.
Opening his house in 1976, Gaultier was short on funds but not inspiration, turning to the kitchen cupboard to create his first collections. He drastically repurposed jeans, embellished biker jackets and quickly became a powerful new voice in French fashion. 40 years later, he is still in love with fashion.
Screens with Alison Chernick’s mini documentary on the camera-shy Belgian designer Martin Margiela, The Artist is Absent (12 mins, USA, 2014).
A protégé of Jean Paul Gaultier’s, Margiela graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp at the same time as the ‘Antwerp Six’ including Ann Demeulemeester, Walter van Beirendonck and Dries van Noten. In a similar spirit to Gaultier, Margiela started repurposing clothing to create his initial collections. One of the most successful deconstructivists of contemporary fashion, he gradually won the admiration of fashion editors and fashionistas alike. Chernick talks to many of Margiela’s greatest admirers including fashion historian Olivier Saillard, International Vogue editor Suzy Menkes and Christian Dior’s creative director Raf Simons.
Presented as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2015
Jean Paul Gaultier at Work
29 Aug - 13 Sep
Fashion’s greatest chronicler, Loïc Prigent, spends some quality time with Jean Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible, as he revisits and recreates 12 of his most iconic works. Ably assisted by head seamstress Mireille Simon, models Alex Yuryeva and Tanel Bedrossiantz provide the human canvases for Gaultier’s greatest hits.