Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier

“Hello sailor!” We visited the Jean Paul Gaultier, “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art.

“WOW” is the only thing I can say! 130 haute couture and pret-a-porter creations are showing. They even have the corset made for Madonna. The designer nicknamed “enfant terrible” delights and surprises all that love fashion, creativity and textiles.

The Dallas exhibit (originally staged in Montreal and soon to be in San Francisco, opening March 24 at the de Young) showcases an amazing visionary that is much more than just sex, skin, punk, and the urban jungle.

This shot from Vanity Fair shows his workshop working on a 2001 haute couture creation. His “petit mains” (an old couture term for stitchers) reminded me of the artisans at Wesco Fabrics that sew window creations for our designer clients.

Necklace and bracelet from metal cans!

Our very favorite by far! This beaded panther design took 1060 embroidery hours! You cannot possibly understand the excellence of haute couture unless you can see it up close yourself!

“Incroyable!”

Amazing workmanship!

This dress from Gaultier’s 2007 haute couture spring summer collection took 315 hours to complete.

Detail from a man’s shirt in his wild punk homage.

Corset made from straw!

Denver hosts the largest ever retrospective exhibit of Yves Saint Laurent from March 25 through July 7, 2012! The Denver Art Museum is the ONLY United States venue for the exhibition. Over 200 haute couture garments will dazzle not only fashionistas but anyone interested in creativity, textile workmanship, and the artistry of an icon.

***I welcome all my Facebook friends to Denver for the YSL show! I will treat you to a tour of our Denver Design Center showroom and/or our custom workroom & warehouse. Cocktails? Lunch?

Picture credits: Vanity Fair, zio Paolino, museumpublicity.

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