Here’s a selection of my highlights from Soundwave 2015. View the full gallery on Life Music Media.
This was not your ordinary retrospective exhibition. Chronicling the L’Enfant Terrible designer’s career spanning 40 years, extravagantly displayed in thematic rooms, from the high end punk aesthetic he helped champion onto the runways of Paris, to the non-conforming perceptions on sex and gender and the iconic collaborations with pop icons Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The mannequins brought ‘life’ to the space, with disconcerting animated faces, some even talking, including one of Gaultier himself who welcomes you in his jovial manner.
For my fellow Madonna fans, the exhibition did not disappoint. Gaultier’s career is intrinsic to Madonna’s, both visionaries iconoclastically challenging the boundaries of gender, collaboratively and independently, including the infamous Blonde Ambition tour conical bra costume in 1990 and again deconstructed for the MDNA world tour in 2013.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was a truly inspiring exhibition for fashionistas and pop culture aficionados alike. The exhibition is now on it’s way to Paris.
Here are some of my photographic highlights of the exhibition, visit my Flickr gallery to see more.
The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier
Silhouettes of femininity and masculinity, contrasting embellished silk with bold stripes, brought to life by animated faces, show just what a fine couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is.
A post-modern deconstruction on gender nonconformity and androgyny, most iconicly communicated through Gaultier’s collaborations with Madonna in her Blonde Ambition World Tour (1990) and architecturally deconstructed for her MDNA World Tour (2012).
Punk & Cancan
The rawness of the British punk movement meets unabashed Parisienne drama is Gaultier’s signature ready-to-wear look.
Like a trompe l’oeil, fabric becomes the ‘second skin’.
Whilst adhering to the design brief of big budget movies, such as The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children, the costumes still remain recognisably Gaultier.
Multi-ethnic influences celebrate diversity without borders.
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the NGV demonstrated Gaultier’s connection with Australia, through various costumes for Kylie Minogue and launching trans-gender model Andrej Pejić’s career. A fitting end to a triumphant exhibition.
Check out more photos from the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on Flickr.
Through my lens
Back in 2013, I did a haute couture photoshoot with model/dancer Penny Higgs and stylist Rebecca Kennedy featuring Jean Paul Gaultier dresses. Check out the photoshoot >
More photos on Flickr >
Shot at sunset, I went for a glam, fun and down-to-earth vibe, which is exactly who Tate is. With some fabulous clothes from Jeanswest, I styled the wardrobe with fashion-forward pieces which have a tribal edge, yet not explicitly ‘maternity wear’. Check out the series below.
Melbourne Set List
- Fantasy Remix
- Touch My Body
- Lullaby Of Birdland
- Fly Like A Bird
- My All
- One Sweet Day (with Nathaniel Willemse)
- I Know What You Want
- It’s Like That
- The Roof
- I’m That Chick
- Honey (So So Def Remix with Mase)
- Always Be My Baby
- We Belong Together
The Elusive Chanteuse Show, is Mariah’s second Australian tour in as many years. Check out the 2013 Sydney & Melbourne concert photos.
Tina’s Melbourne Set List
- Let Me In
- Out of the Blue
- Soul Mate #9
- Dare You To Be Happy
- Sorrento Moon
- Still Running
- Don’t Look Back
- Destination Unknown
- What It Is
- Only Lonely
- Reset All
- Don’t Hide
- Never (Past Tense)
- Symphony of Life
- Heaven Help My Heart
- I Need Your Body
- You Set Fire To My Life
Last year, one of my concert photos was published in Tina Arena’s autobiography.
Runway 1 – RomanticOpened by the face of MSFW, Elodie Russell in an epic piece from Jason Grech’s Birds of Prey collection, the first runway was a grand affair, featuring the latest looks from Aurelio Costarella, Nicolangela, Michael Lo Sordo, Carla Zampatti, Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Richard Nylon, Olivia Schwarz and Anaessia.
> View the photos from Runway 1
Runway 2 – Contemporary MinimalistAn edgy, minimalist collection of designers, interwoven with prose recited by Jezzabell Doran. Designers featured; Alice McCall, Carly Hunter, Kahlo, LIFEwithBird, Lui Hon, Manning Cartell, Neo Dia, Willow and YB J’AIME.
> View the photos from Runway 2
Runway 3 – EmbellishedThis show was about decadence and multi-culturalism, with an eclectic mix of gypsy performers setting the tone for each designers collection, before ending the show with an inspired multi-cultural performance. Designers featured; Akira, Arthur Galan AG, Calibre, Christine, Jayson Brunsdon, Megan Park, Nevenka, Nicola Finetti, Thurley and Yeojin Bae.
> View the photos from Runway 3
Runway 4 – StreetA cutting edge runway, showing a confident new take on Melbourne streetwear from designers; Above, Leonard St., Búl, Chorus, Gorman, Kuwaii, Limedrop, Livia Arena, Matcho Suba and Tettmann.Doust.
> View the photos from Runway 4
RMIT Runway – Emerging Designer
See the future of Australian fashion design, through the cutting-edge creations from RMIT’s school of fashion.
> View the photos from RMIT Runway
If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen a plethora of behind the scenes imagery I posted in Europe. I’m pleased to finally show you the final product.
In Rome, Italy, I collaborated with three amazing alternative models on a series of fashion photoshoots. Each one unique, showcasing a different underground take on the Eternal City’s thriving fashion scene.
Miss Milky ButterflyVintage showgirl photoshoot with Milky Butterfly – Burlesque Starlette. Shot at Libro Di Vino, a cute book & wine bar in downtown Rome, view the gallery.
Strange Little GirlQuirky street fashion photoshoot with Indie/Alternative model Sara De Santis, check out the gallery.
Roman GothiqueA dark editorial series with gothic model, il Gatto Mannaro. Shot on a gorgeous medieval bridge, check out the gallery.
Open House Melbourne is always a highlight of my annual photography events. I am a sucker for local history and sneaking into places, and it was a pleasure to be able to give back to this cultural event by volunteering as an event photographer. Over the weekend, I managed to see behind closed doors of some remarkable historic sights that I had never seen and revisit some old favourites.
Check out my archive of Open House Melbourne photos 2010-2014.
Argus BuildingDuring my Uni days, the Argus Building on the corner of Elizabeth & Latrobe Streets was always boarded up, covered in graffiti and probably occupied by squatters. I was intrigued.
The Argus Building was home to local newspaper The Argus, which ceased publication in the 1950s and ceased occupation. It’s beaux arts-style architecture fell into disrepair until the Melbourne Institute of Technology earmarked it for redevelopment to turn it into a bustling CBD campus. While only the facade was heritage listed, the long-term foresight of the university and architect firm DesignInc painstakingly restored the foyer and it’s ornate vaulted ceiling to its former grandeur. OHM provided the first glimpse of the renovations to the public, due to open January 2015.