Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV

One of the biggest, most recognisable and most talented men in the world of international fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier has landed in Melbourne, celebrating the unveiling of his exhibition, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria.

He’s as infectious a human as you’d expect from someone so notoriously exuberant and knows how to work the crowd, tell a story and apparently, create couture pieces. His pieces don’t simply rival his competitors and other designers in the market, but reinvent what it means to design couture, reinvent what it means to be skilled and reinvent what it means to be a successful designer in the 21st century.

After a world tour, the exhibition has for the first and only time come to Melbourne, the Australian pitstop of the collection, which has been specifically adapted for the Australian market.

The show is a moving, growing, changing and personable showing of some of the most recognisable and impressive pieces of the designer.

Couture is no easy feat, so for some pieces that cannot attain a price tag to be on show and so readily accessible is not only a privilege, it’s also a trip in itself into the wonderful mind of design that is the mind of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Recently, the designer along with exhibition curator Thierry Maxime Loirot held a media preview of the exhibition, touching on the life and history of Jean Paul Gaultier, his inspirations and what makes him tick, which included the reintroduction of Melburnian transgender model Andrea Pejic and special speeches by other French and Canadian dignitaries on the most poignant elements of the show.

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