Book tickets for this exhibition RIGHT NOW! It finishes on 25th August and if you miss this, you will have missed out on something truly wonderful. I would go as far as to say that the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican is the best fashion exhibition that I have ever witnessed.
Yeah, we all know JPG and his kilts and his peroxide do and his funny accent, but do you really understand the genius of his collections? Have you ever had the chance to look very closely at the intense detail hand stitched into one of his Couture creations? No? Then we insist that you must and the Barbican is really the only place to do so.
The show presents some of his major inspirational themes by bringing together looks from a variety of collections (he first showed in the 70’s), featuring variations on the Virgin, the Breton Striped sailor, the Punk and of course the corset amongst many of other looks. Be prepared for the partly animated mannequins which are quite a fright, including one of JPG himself. There’s also a few of his iconic stage and film costumes, some famous fashion photography including some by Pierre et Gilles who I will forever associate with the forever youthful fashion pixie that is the inimitable JPG.
This exhibition really highlighted to me just how many fashion moments were first created by Jean Paul Gaultier, and then later emulated by other fashion labels. He is truly a ground breaking innovator with a magical gift for turning fantasy into a wonderfully beautiful reality.