Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the NGV

Virgins Collection - Jean Paul Gaultier

Virgins Collection

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was the National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition of Summer 14/15. Marking Gaultier’s retirement in ready-to-wear fashion, touring the fashion capitals of the world, from New York to London, having drawn over a million visitors, we need not ask ‘Is fashion art?’ – Melbournians, they get it.

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.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Odyssey – Virgins & Sailors

The Boudoir

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).

Madonna's Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Punk & Cancan

The rawness of the British punk movement meets unabashed Parisienne drama is Gaultier’s signature ready-to-wear look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Front row at the JPG runway

Jean Paul Gaultier

Plaid, studs & leather

Jean Paul Gaultier

Amy Winehouse & runway outfit

Skin Deep

Like a trompe l’oeil, fabric becomes the ‘second skin’.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Madonna’s outfit worn to the AIDS Benefit Gala in 1992

Metropolis

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.

Jean Paul Gaultier

At the movies

Urban Jungle

Multi-ethnic influences celebrate diversity without borders.

The Bride - Jean Paul Gaultier

The Bride

Muses

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.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Worn by Kylie Minogue

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 >

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

3 Songs No Flash – Concert Photography Exhibition

Concert Photography Exhibition

Concert Photography Exhibition

The crème de la crème of Melbourne’s live music photography scene take to Ding Dong Lounge between May 20th-30th (extended until June 8th) to display some of their best work. For a limited time, Scott Boelsen, Jesse Booher, Katie Dutton, Rebecca Houlden, Lou Lou Nutt, Naomi Rahim, John Raptis, Brett Schewitz, Richard Sharman, Anthony Smith, Heidi Takla and Elleni Toumpas’s photographs will adorn the walls of the Melbourne venue with images the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Madonna, Garbage, Marilyn Manson, Grinderman and more on display.

Ding Dong Lounge
18 Market Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition runs: Monday May 20th – Saturday June 8th, 6:30pm
(RSVP on Facebook)

My Madonna MDNA Tour photo from Los Angeles will be on display and available for purchase.

Madonna - Staples Center, Los Angeles

Madonna – Staples Center, Los Angeles

Check out the media coverage:

Madonna MDNA Tour Photos

Madonna live in LA

Madonna live at Staples Center, Los Angeles

And so another Madonna world tour comes to an end. The MDNA world tour wraps up tonight in Cordoba, Argentina. Earlier this year I flew to Los Angeles to see both her shows at the Staples Center. Due to a series of fortunate events, I caught the show from the 6th row and could not have had a more perfect night! Madonna was on fire, the theatrics were mind-blowing and the choreography was out of this world. While I’m usually an advocate of fresh takes on old songs, I was pleased to see classic takes on Vogue (featuring post modern JPG cones) and Express Yourself (albeit with a cheeky Lady Gaga mash-up)! I lived the dream… sang, snapped and danced my ass off with The Queen!

Check out more photos in my Portfolio Gallery and Flickr page.

Simply Madonna Exhibition in Melbourne

Simply Madonna Exhibition

Simply Madonna Exhibition at Chadstone Shopping Centre

Simply Madonna – an exhibition of Madonna’s most iconic fashion pieces was on display for the first time in Melbourne at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Straight from London in time for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival; outfits on display included the Marilyn Monroe-inspired pink dress and fur stole from the Material Girl video (1984), the iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier designed conical bra from the Blonde Ambition Tour (1991) and the white ghetto outfit and cowboy hat from the Music video clip (2000).

View the full gallery on Flickr.

Madonna - Music video

Madonna – Music video