There hasn’t been much promotion going on around Melbourne but I do want to point out the awesome 20th annual event of Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival. The event took place from March 7th to the 13th and it was one hell of a week filled with elite runways, seminars and workshops for aspiring fashion designers and fashion enthusiasts around Melbourne, particularly myself. Thanks to Creative Victoria, I was extremely fortunate this year to book a seat at my first runway show, and it couldn’t get any better knowing it was Jean Paul Gaultier’s show for Target.
Whenever someone asks you to define “Haute Couture” you should tell them to google Jean Paul Gaultier. His designs are a vehicle for driving haute couture to the highest limits, without Gaultier there are no couture shows that are comparable to his. If you love architecture and fashion then he’s your guy – most of his prominent works blur the lines between these two fields of practice. His crazy outlook on the world, over-exaggerated costume ideas and success had previously landed him a role as a creative director in Hermes for over 7 years. After Hermes, Gaultier’s name kept surpassing the list of best designers in the world, an exhibition was even held in Montreal to celebrate his prodigious career. You may have also noticed his exhibition at the NGV last year, The Fashion World of Gaultier. I’m disappointed I didn’t get a chance to go but my friend who went did learn that his first runway shows featured men wearing skirts. Hah how cute!
It came to my surprise earlier this year to hear Gaultier doing a collaboration with Target Australia to create an affordable range of clothing as part of the ‘designers for Target’ movement. Seeing a designer who’s so used to doing cutting-edge designs and now creating a simpler range is a pretty challenging move. Last time there was Roberto Cavalli which seemed to be a success. After seeing the runway I thought Gaultier executed the Target range quite well, I spotted a bit of Gaultier with the trademark corset and cone bra designs sewn onto some of the garments. I didn’t get to take many photos but when I did, they were mostly blurry and unusable for this post. I should’ve brought my DSLR! Here’s a quick look of JPG’s notable playful aesthetics:
Madonna with Gaultier’s cone corset
JPG Haute Couture 2014