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Madelin Tomelty

Witnessing a world-famous fashion designer sitting only ten feet away, speaking in that quintessential French accent about the beauty of Australian women… it’s the stuff of dreams. And yet, on a sticky October day in Sydney, it was the reality for a lucky few. With expressions equally shocked and excited, a small group of guests were trying to process the fact that in front of them, Jean Paul Gaultier sat opposite Kellie Hush from Harper’s Bazaar, animatedly answering questions about his covetable career. It was a seminar for the Australian Fashion Chamber, and the perfect introduction to what The Journal had coming up next.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk has finally arrived on Australian shores, and with the exhibition displaying over 140 of the designer’s unique garments, trust us when we say that this sumptuous smorgasbord is not to be missed by fashion, music, art and film lovers the world over.

In the third year of its global tour, the exhibition is exclusive to the Gallery of Victoria until February and is organised around seven themes tracing the influences, passions and obsessions of Jean Paul Gaultier; from the streets of Paris and London to his impact on world cinema. It takes you for a walk through the decades, beginning with the first dress he created in 1971 through his prêt-à-porter collections, up to his most recent haute couture collections. Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned contemporary artists and photographers such as Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle and Mario Testino among others are also explored throughout the exhibition.

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