Last week heralded the much anticipated arrival of Jean Paul Gaultier's touring exhibition at London's Barbican, showcasing the most exciting creations ever to emerge from Maison Gaultier.
Having had the privilege of working on Monsieur Gaultier's couture pieces as a bead fairy and a major lifelong fascination with couture embroidery, beading and lacework techniques, I had been eagerly awaiting the first weekend of the exhibition so that I could get up close and personal.
Since its launch in Montreal I have seen many articles relating to the show so I wanted to just zoom in on what were some of the key details that caught my magpies eye and made my heart jump into disco beats.
Ranging from from his famed twists on the classic nautical stripe to the most exquisitely pleated mille-feuille chiffon shield dress that made my eyes pop out on stalks. Geometric Barbarella-inspired waists sat alongside jet-encrusted, exoskeletal-armoured corsetry. Delicate ethnic embroidery and mind-blowing beadwork called my name at every turn and gorgeous plumage jackets had me contorting my body into complex yoga poses just to be able to get an eyeful of the individually hand-stitched feathers and fine craftsmanship.
The exhibition held me hypnotically in its tightly laced grip for my entire visit. I'm still dreaming of bevel edged sequins and chantilly lace so much so, that I may have to visit again.
9th April to 25th August
Barbican Art Gallery