It’s a typical weekday morning. I’m commuting to the studio, reading the advertisements on the train. Doggy plastic surgery, for a 20% discount on my first purchase at Soap.com, then I see it. An image of a man with a cigarette in his hand posing in a fitted dress that had a cone shaped bustier. Next to the image I read The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. My mouth dropped and the next thing I know I’m planning my next visit to the Brooklyn Museum.

 

Described as the L’enfant terrible (terrible child) of French fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier’s designs are avant-garde, one of a kind, tailored to the tee and beautiful. The exhibit features designs worn by Madonna, Beyonce Knowles, Naomi Campbell, and Sarah Jessica Parker!! Needless to say I was over the hill excited.

 

 

 

The exhibit was magnificent. There were 130 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles displayed with absolutely no glass around them. If I had the guts I would have reached out to touch some of the fabrics and materials, but I wasn’t looking to get kicked out of the museum. Materials used were unique - from silks to chain link to movie film. Every corner I turned there were garments more beautiful than the one before.

So the next time you’re on the train take a minute to look at the advertisements. The next great museum exhibit could be right next to a Dr. Zizmor ad.