Fiona flew in from London and we went to the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. I had been looking forward to going but had not expected it would take my breath away. I can imagine that not everyone likes all of JPG’s designs. I will say that, while in Paris, I did not get to work any of his shows and to be honest, had not seen the absolute intricacy in the detailing of these fantastic pieces. Before I get too head of myself and jump from favorite to favorite design, I believe I will start at the beginning of the exhibition and walk through it with you, though I am positive photos and even videos do absolutely no justice to seeing it in person. Jean Paul Gautier was pointing to the exhibit he made just for Dallas in which he made the ladies’ stetson out of her hair! You’ll have to forgive the horrific quality of the pic of Fiona and myself, we were flying solo this day without photographers so a friend took this pic. The first room was a gorgeous deep blue that gave one the sensation of being under water or some sort of ethereal world, which was, I am certain, intentional since the theme of the first room was JPG’s inspiration and background. JPG has always incorporated the sailor theme throughout all the years of his work. He also mentioned with the talking mannequin (see video here) of himself that madonnas and mermaids were also a running theme. The realism of these talking mannequins with the faces shot from small projectors was incredibly cool! I had seen fashion exhibitions and royal wardrobe museum pieces, but this truly kept the showcase organic and alive. There were a few of these huge hats that I fell in love with. My favorite was in the last room where the hat became a cape with a train. The opalescent shells and metal work were fabulous on the mermaid, while the holographic accents on the madonnas lent to that other-wordliness feel to the theme. Even the way we were transported from one room the the next was a visual treat. Here is the hallway that led to the boudoir room. I must share this interesting little picture too before going into the next showcase. In the first room, JPG speaks of recalling his very first creation while at his maternal grandmother’s. He made for his teddy bear “Nana” a little bustier made of paper. So cute! Ok, so the boudoir room full of elaborate and gorgeous bustiers posted tomorrow!