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Jean Paul Gaultier Opens Melbourne Exhibition

A sublime exhibit by French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier has opened at the National Gallery of Victoria, and TONI&GUY were at the forefront of the high fashion exhibition’s debut. The exhibit, named The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, began on the 17th of October and will be on display until the 8th of February 2015. It is being organised through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.


Containing over 140 intricate garments, the exhibit will feature Gaultier’s earliest works up to his most recent haute couture collections. The exhibit features stand out collections such as his 1976 Prêt-à-Porter collection, and pieces new to the exhibit tour, including ready-to-wear collections and pieces created for Australian muses such as Gemma Ward, Kylie Minogue and Nicole Kidman.

Gaultier’s substantial collaborations with some of the modern era’s defining contemporary artists and photographers, such as Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh and David LaChapelle, is another noted feature of the exhibit. The extensive international tour has been attended by millions as it has passed through New York, London and Montreal.

Dita Von Teese

“I am honoured and flattered that my exhibition is opening in Australia and I am thrilled to return to a country that I have visited only once, many years ago,” said Gaultier. “Preparing for the exhibition I have realised how strong my ties to Australia are – Nicole Kidman was my first couture client; Kylie is a dear friend and I have had the pleasure of working closely with her on her tours. I have also been working for many years with models Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeill, Jarrod Scott, and the list goes on. The people are what make this country great and you Australians certainly excel.”


TONI&GUY joined in on the creative endeavour with a twenty minute London Fashion Week inspired presentation for the Australian Fashion Chamber. Brand CEO Dennis Langford and National Creative Director Katy Reeve shared the stage with Jean Paul Gaultier himself to exemplify to the intrinsic connection between hair and fashion.


“Having just returned from LFW, it was a brilliant opportunity to share how the creative process between a Designer and Hair Director/Team actually works with examples from this seasons showing,” said Reeve. “Not only to showcase the hair look, but to talk about the logistics of group shows, models running from one show to the next and the importance of communicating an overall vision within the briefing process.”

A trailblazing summation of modern fashion, style and art, Jean Paul Gaultier’s From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is a must for all fashion-obsessed Melbournians or any Australian that can find their way down to the National Gallery of Victoria. Start forming a line.

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Image credits:

Image one:

William Baker
Kylie Minogue
X Tour 2009
for Numéro magazine
Médée gown, The Surrealists collection, haute couture autumn–winter 2006–2007
amethyst muslin and organza anatomical dress with rib-cage effect

Image two:

Dita Von Teese: Flaunt 2003
Dada collection
Jean Paul Gaultier, women’s prêt-à-porter, spring-summer 1983
© Perou

Image three:

Patrice Stable
Barbarella body-corset, Les Actrices (Movie Stars) collection
haute couture autumn–winter 2009–2010
© Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

Image four:

Stéphane Sednaoui
Jean Paul Gaultier 2014
© 2014, Stéphane Sednaoui. All rights reserved

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