July 13, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit

"Be yourself no matter what nature has dealt you." - Jean Paul Gaultier

If I could choose to interview someone for Not A Model because of what they stand for, it's Jean Paul Gaultier. As previously mentioned, I visited the JPG exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) a few weekends ago.

"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" exhibit marks the 35th anniversary of the designer's own label. The exhibit highlights Gaultier's extraordinary creations from his cone shaped velvet bustiers to his classic nautical stripes. The exhibit features dozens of his designs and collections throughout his career. The most interesting part of the exhibit were the mannequins that had faces that were streamed by videos to make them look life-like. I also really enjoyed reading about Gaultier's life (his upbringing in France and influences) and his refreshing approach to his craft. For example:

"For ads he held open casting calls, recruiting with classifieds that read: Non-conformist designer seeks unusual models - the conventionally pretty need not apply."

Gaultier mixes the masculine and the feminine, the perverse with the innocent and never apologizes for it. The exhibit was by far the highlight of my Montreal trip, and I left with my very own JPG striped tote bag and Lara Stone postcard that I purchased from the gift shop. Note: I'm a sucker for museum gift shops. I took an insane amount of photos, and below is what made the cut!

The JPG exhibit runs until October 2nd, so if you're ever in Montreal I urge you to check it out.


  1. This looks like it was amazing! I love how they projected the faces on the mannequins!

  2. Fun! Jealous you got to see it in person. Have heard amazing things from everyone who has been.
    Love the souvenirs you picked up! :)