I wanted to try and capture the innocence of modern youth which is why they look "selfie-ish", some are out of focus and its flooded with light. I think they worked but nonetheless liked the photos anyway and thought I would share.
(Perhaps in a smaller size they would be better but I wanted a sense of "up close"..?)
The model is David S from Oxygen Models. His card is here.
At the end of this blog see my playlist, music inspired by the exhibition.
So I'm about 10 or 11 years old, watching the TV and Madonna bursts on in a pointy-bra corset, screaming and shouting to "Express Yourself". You can imagine how much of an impression it left.
Jean Paul Gaultier was my formative years.
I remember finding out who designed Madonna's garment and being entranced by the shape of the bottle and the smell of the Classique fragrance when it launched. And then came the Fifth Element (Milla Jovovich's bandage dress) and more Madonna in a cone bra and men in corsets and dousing myself in gallons of "Le Male" and and and...
Walking through the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican was to see so many teenage memories resurrected and made real. Where do I start!?
Above: The iconic corset. Actually there. The one Madonna wore in her Blond Ambition tour. On the left is the updated version she wore in the MBNA Tour. The image of Madonna and her high blonde pony tail in a Gaultier corset has to be one of pop's most iconic moments. To see the garment is worth a visit alone.
A green and white version of the corset was worn by Madonna in her Hanky Panky music video.
Above: Boudoir is one of Gaultier's key themes and this dress is another amazing piece. Versions of this cone bra were worn by men in Madonna's Vogue music video. They also also appear in the Like a Virgin segment of the Blond Ambition Tour.
Above: Bottles of the Classique fragrance.
Above: Remember the fuss Dana International caused when she won the Eurovision Song Contest? This dress embellished with feathers is the one she wore to perform Diva at the end of the contest.
Above: From the chic Rabbis collection, I can remember the photo where Najua Auermann was wearing a version of this hat like it was yesterday. I think it was actually 1993!
Above: A Gaultier logo on the back of a jacket, around the time of the "Chic Rabbis" collection, I think. One of my favourite aspects of Gaultier's work is his use of logos. Another version on a dress inspired by Paris.
Above: The font is similar to the Gaultier Jeans adverts. Below: His logo on a dogtag worked into a badge on a leather punk jacket.
And then there's Gaultier's costume work on films, most notably for me in The Fifth Element. Remember the amazing Diva Dance? The main costume (above) is worn by Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker).
Elsewhere in the exhibition there are just some amazing pieces of clothing and couture that are quite extraordinary. Check out the beading on this to make an animal print...
Other images include some of bondage, and in no particular order...
The whole exhibition is absolutely incredible, not least to marvel at Gaultier's seemingly endless stream of amazing creativity and humour. And it's also a wonderful trip down memory lane. Where were YOU when you first saw Madonna in her pointy Gaultier bra?!
And here is my Gaultier-inspired playlist for the exhibition: Madonna - Express Yourself Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose Dana International - Diva, the Hebrew version Deep Forest - Marta's Song (Björk can be seen walking a Gaultier runway to this song in the film Prêt-à-Porter) Madonna - Hanky Panky Kylie - Like a Drug (Gaultier's dresses appear in the video) Simian Mobile Disco featuring Beth Ditto - Cruel Intentions Jean Paul Gaultier - How To Do That Junior Vasquez - Ab Fab aka I Am Thin and Gorgeous! (Gaultier darling, names names names... He also appeared in an episode) Madonna - Vogue Jessica Paré - Zou Bisou, Bisou (because it sounds so quintessentially French!) Diva Plavalaguna - Diva Dance, from the Fifth Element film Angela Gheorghiu - Casta Diva, from the opera Norma (because it's the song I associate with Gaultier, used in all most of his advertising)
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk Barbican Art Gallery, London Exhibition dates: 9 April – 25 August 2014.