By Camille Block
If you have even the slightest interest in lingerie, then Jean-Paul Gaultier at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM was an exhibit to see. From start to finish this gallery of fashion was chock full of inspirational ideas, not just for the lingerie enthusiasts, but for all fashionistas.
His mastery of different cultures and combinations in his dresses, coats, and suits were just as awe inspiring…..there were dozens of visual delights in his denim, plaids, prints, velvets, leathers and pinstripes.
Madonna knew what she was doing when she collaborated with Gaultier to do her “corsets” for her Blond Ambition World Tour back in 1990.” Truly c’est magnifique! And who knew that lace could look so cool. In his hands, he creates works of art.
Velvet, satin, sequins, leopard, shirring, laces, tulle, fishnet, corsetry, trapunto, texture, zippers. Need I say more!
And oh!, the talking heads. Not the group, but quite a few of the mannequins had faces that moved. Their eyes blinked, mouths spoke and one even sang opera. Pure genius.
The exhibit was from October 25, 2013-
February 23, 2014
**Camille has been in the Lingerie business for 30+ years and has won several awards including a TOMMY award. She was the Senior VP for Design & Merchandising at Gelmart International and is currently on the faculty of FIT