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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

               While fashion in New York City is everywhere—from the streets to the catwalks of NYFW, nothing is so comprehensive as a museum exhibition.  A few years ago, I had the fortune of viewing the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Met.  For the first time, I saw fashion as an art form and haute couture as something that is accessible.  Now, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier is up for review.  I finally made it out last week to the Brooklyn Museum to see The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier and was happy I made the trip.  Running from October 25- February 23, the exhibition features nearly 140 ensembles by Gaultier, organized thematically by his inspirations.  In the multimedia exhibition, you will ooh la la! at the Parisian influence on Gaultier’s romantic designs, be intrigued by the cone bras once famously donned by Madonna, rock out with the mohawked mannequins and shredded leather inspired by the 80’s punk era, and feel the world shrink as you recognize various countries’ influences on the multicultural designs.  Formerly unbeknownst to me, Gaultier is a champion of women, freedom of sexuality, individuality, and diversity.  He succeeds where he challenges the status quo by rebranding stereotypes to give power to the individual.  With only one day left at the Brooklyn Museum, this exhibition is a rare peek at Gaultier’s mind.  It is not to be missed.

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