Type Jean Paul Gaultier into the interweb machine and you’ll get a bunch of images of a middle-aged man in a striped shirt. Then you’ll start to see clothing that Monsieur Gaultier has created over the past three decades. And you’ll begin to see many wonderous things. And you’ll become interested.
From this point you can research and study, explore and critique.
And I guarantee that you’ll find something that makes you think!
And I guarantee that you’ll find something you like!
Now I am NOT going to give you a lesson or a speech bout Gaultier. One, because I know exactly squat about him or fashion or couture. And two, because I am sure it’s all been done before.
I do want to show you some photographs that I took at the recent exhibit of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work that I visited at the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco.
While I didn’t know anything about Jean Paul Gaultier before I went to the exhibit (wearing my Target t-shirt and Walmart bra I might add), I was so energized by seeing it. Instead of my usual museum visit where I inevitably find myself sprinting towards the exit like my pants (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) are on fire and collapsing into a chair in the cafe in hope of a coffee I.V., I actually went slow, enjoyed the jostle of the lively crowd, and felt ready to bead a codpiece when I left the hall. (Ok that last part is not true – all of you know I’d never want to bead ANYTHING!)
So JP has been a busy boy. He’s made about a million pieces of clothing – Haute Couture and Pret a Porte, costume and lots of undies.
He’s also made cool furniture, perfume, music and had a TV show.
Yes, he’s been a very busy striped-shirt-wearing boy.
Seeing a retrospective of a thirty-year body of work makes me think I’ve got to get my butt in gear – I haven’t produced a fraction of what Jean Paul has. He’s only ten years older than me and I’m way behind in production.
And I have yet to produce something important. I’ve got to get to work.
I need to yarn bomb a dress.
I need to use sharkskin.
I need to make a tutu out of wheat.
I need to make a cool skirt.
OK. So I don’t need to do these things – because Jean Paul has done them already. It’s his art, his world, his metier.
But within my art, my world, my metier I need to make something new, intriguing, important.
At this point in my career I’m super busy and making things all the time. I haven’t figured out how to make enough money to pay the bills. And I haven’t figured out how to do my work and keep my house clean. And now I have to add CREATE IMPORTANT WORK to my long list of things to do. Hmmm.
Ok – not in a make a two-thousand-and-six-(wo)man-hour beaded dress sort of way…
And probably not in a creepy ric rac mask sort of way…
But I’ll find a way – and I’ll bring you all on the journey with me.