Have you heard about the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit going on now at the Brooklyn Museum? Ya, so have I, but I didn't feel any sort of urgency to go, even thought it's a FASHUN exhibit and I am usually all about FASHUN exhibits, ya know?
However, on Saturday night I found myself in the Brooklyn Museum, not for the exhibit but instead to watch an eclectic band perform with some friends (ya, we're cool like that). Since we were already there, we figured why not check out the exhibit, right? RIGHT.
Here's what you need to know: there are mannequins with moving, blinking, talking faces wearing Gaultier's designs, which was 87% creepy and 13% cool. Once, you get passed the freaky faces, you'll notice some iconic pieces like the cone bra corset getups made famous by Madonna, Gaultier's signature nautical stripes and some of his androgynous pieces. It was interesting to see some of his iconic designs (depicted below), but ultimately I left feeling underwhelmed.
Yes there was drama, inventive designs, and intricate detail but somehow it left me feeling... eh. I couldn't help comparing it to the McQueen exhibit. There too I saw drama, inventive designs and intricate detail but somehow there was something more there. A magic that reaches the depths of your gut and tickles you to the point that you believe there are real butterflies inside. There was brilliant intention matched with exquisite execution in McQueen's designs that was unprecedented, along with a consistent point of view. I left that exhibit wanting to shout from the rooftops how brilliant of a designer he was. In the case of Gaultier, I left wondering what all the fuss was about. Some of his pieces wowed while others left me feeling lukewarm. I didn't get a sense of a unified message or point of view, rather it all seemed a bit jumbled. Although his designs were definitely interesting and a significant part of fashion history, my honest opinion was, like I said so eloquently before, eh. Woh woh...just call me Debbie Downer.
But HEY, that's just me. Anyone else see it? Let's talk about it.