Jean Paul Gaultier at The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Get thee to Gaultier. Go this Thursday night, if you can. The show’s open til 10 pm. And it’s free. How can seeing the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit get any better?!

From the moment the creepy-cool mannequins faces switch on, you know you’re in a different kind of fashion/art presentation. As the models’ faces come to life, their eyes seem literally to follow you as you move, their mouths moving to singing or speaking, just as the designer’s does in the opening classic French-striped grouping.

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Throughout the exhibit, JPG’s corsetry is front and center. And flawless, as he transforms the bane of earlier women’s dressing as a point of liberation and freedom. Guess who helped that cause?! A young Madonna.

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of ArtJean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Probably my favorite part of the show was the “Voyage, Voyage” collections, Gaultier’s tribute to Ukraine and Russia. Mannequins dripping with fur, feathers and exotic richness seemed quite timely now in light of current events, with all eyes around the world set on the citizens of Kiev, who in recent days have been taking to the streets in protest, and on the athletes in Sochi for the Winter Olympic games.

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier Brooklyn Museum of Art

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