If the devil is in the detail,then praise the dark lord.

Needless to say I’ve been DYING to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at NGV since it was first announced earlier this year and haven’t been able to get to go and see it until this week because - cripple.

City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children, 1995.

My introduction to Gaultier was one that came from an obsession with music video and film in the 90’s before and whilst I was in Film school. I liked Madonna but I was more interested in the stage outfits during her blond ambition tour – similarly, I loved Jean Pierre Jeunet's City of Lost Children for the production design and colour art direction but the costuming was something that inspired the way I dressed at that time. In the years before internet and style.com / having access to images of international designers work – these pop cultural touch points were the gateway that lead to my love of fashion. And by fashion – I mean style. Art that you wear.

This close link between music, film and costume has always been my primary connection behind my love of fashion. It’s drama, narrative and concept all entwined in something wearable. It's self expression. Needless to say my favourite season I watch like a hawk is always the haute couture collections. There is a big difference though between appreciating silhouette and concept through a bunch of images on a screen and getting your face right up close and personal with the construction of those garments which is something that just cannot be translated through those images. The craftsmanship is incredible and the attention to detail is just inspiring to say the least.

Yes, I’m that really annoying person at an exhibition that is unapologetically standing right in front of the dress examining each sequin and mentally dissecting the garments construction, whilst others try to read the plaque about which celebrity wore it and chat to their mates about how hot Beyonce looked in it. Sorry (not sorry) about that.

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

Otilee - NGV Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

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It’s a real treat to be able to see so much of body of work up close like that. I should also say at this point also that whoever was responsible for the exhibition installation design did a great job. Hats off to you, dudes.

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