Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition the Boudoir room2

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition the Boudoir room2
Leaving the underwater and ethereal introduction room of talking madonnas and mermaids, one goes down the wavy striped hallway. It entices the viewer into being a willing participant in an “Alice” type rabbit hole. The space warping hall ends with a warm and inviting room of bustiers, shifting the spectator from the otherworldly expansiveness of displays to an intimate, human feeling of secrecy. The padded cube in the center of the room with suspended undergarment pieces in a showcase of black velvet evokes a feeling of  being in a prohibited area where one should simply not be trespassing. However, the display has no glass window barrier, so one can lean in and see such incredible intricacy ranging from Baroque to Post Modernism.   One might discover a subtle internal interrogation beginning to bubble inside when in the Boudoir Room of the exhibit. Interestingly the presentation opens with the softer creativity of more “acceptable” bustiers before delving into harsher waters on the backside of the cushioned room. The coned bustier is often considered unappealing to both men and women. Perhaps a bit of exposure to his foundations for this fashion might moderate the long held distate for the pointy peaks. Discovering and seeing displayed JPG’s first fashion creation of a bustier was made for his teddy bear “Nana” out of newspaper when he was a little boy, one sees that the cones make sense. On top of that, though it is not stated so directly, the viewer sees that JPG spent a great deal of time with his maternal grandmother (perhaps primary caregiver?).With Bras in the 40s being the cone shape, perhaps this configuration is an image that stuck with JPG. He speaks very affectionately in the exposition when he mentions his maternal grandmother. Whereas modern day people may see the cone as severe, perhaps he has a more soothing and affectionate association that inspired this JPG feminism.

 

Immediately to the right after entering the room, there is in fact, Nana on display next to a 40s themed set with music playing and a mannequin singing. The “umbrella” made from corset ribbing fabrics repeated that sensation of looking through the superficial cloth that hides to what lies beneath. The sides of the room leading to the back where those forbidden coned bustiers are boasting proudly are walls lined with photographs of Madonna. This too probably helps the casual on-looker to becoming more acceptable of the pyramid shaped corset. The walls were carefully placed with photos of Madonna and other celebrities and models wearing the design JPG made famous. Against the back wall was a lovely corset with a train! Slowly JPG takes the Museum participant into the next room, a wee bit further down the Rabbit hole of fashion. What lies in this next room of such stark comparison in its shiny black and rich velvety reds? Tune in next week.