10 November 2011

Dallas: Jean Paul Gaultier

Just back from the media preview of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the DMA and I'm telling you, rush, rush, rush over there this Sunday, November 13 for the opening. 
 Monsieur Gaultier has been in Dallas for the past fews days (he had dinner at Al Biernat's night before last and Al's team refused to let him pay. Gaultier then sent over a huge thank you basket to the restaurant yesterday) and there was an interesting discussion with him about his work.
 He told us about his grandmother's influence on him and how she told him about corset-wearing ladies drinking vinegar to induce contractions so every time they hiccuped they'd pull in their corset straps tighter to get the smallest waistline possible. 
 The first thing a little mind boggling about the exhibition is some of the mannequins. When you first walk in you can't tell if the faces on them are moving, if it's a real human being, or if your head is tripping.
 Then you soon realize that a video loop of a real human face is being projected onto each two dimensional mannequin face, creating an animated talking being.
 The Dallas Museum of Art is host to the exhibit's U.S. debut. Not LA, not NY, not Chicago. Dallas. This is big. 
 Olivier Meslay, the museum's interim director said it best: "The perception of Dallas is not what Dallas actually is. Dallas has many races, many cultures. The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibitions reflects what Dallas is." Well, maybe not that lady riding a man like a horse, but you get the idea. 
 For many this will be the first time they'll get to see what haute couture looks like, a chance to really examine the construction of a piece of clothing and why so many people consider it an art. 
 The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens this Sunday, November 13 and runs through February 12, 2012. 

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