To celebrate the opening The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier; From Sidewalk to Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum this evening we have chosen photographs from our favourite Gaultier collection, which was used in one of the best Vogue/Meisel/Coddington extravaganza’s in 1994. Merging together the best of metallic like armoured jewellery, fake tribal tattoos and faux ethnicity on glamourous and beautiful models this editorial created a strange but alluring futuristic amalgamation of themes. These photos are exaggerated with the stark white backdrops making the women look like strangely alien creatures, unlikely to be placed in any context of time except perhaps the film Fifth Element which of course Gaultier designed the costumes for but three years later than when this collection was created. The descison to produce this collection void of an exuberance of colour but emphasising the harshness of metal, subtle face painting and earthy tones made an unlikely contradiction of imagery on to the body. There is something particularly current about Gaultier’s use of fake piercings, indian hair jewellery and tribal transfer tattoos which of course have been routing their way into fashion at the moment. The tattooed tulle shirt which became a signature of his premiered in this collection and the models cast in the runway show featured the heavily tattooed. If you enjoyed these photos then the video of this catwalk must be watched here!
To find out more about the idol that is Gaultier and this exhibition which looks back at the last 37 years of his career look here.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
ph. Steven Meisel
fashion editor: Grace Coddington
hair: Orlando Pita
make-up: Denise Markey
model: Nadja Auermann, Bridget Hall, Brandi Quinones, Debbie Deitering