I didn't get any decent pictures of the mannequins' faces - several of them had human faces projected over them, which talked or sang. They were very uncanny valley and definitely cool, although having several in close proximity with overlapping audio was a bit much.
While I generally hate exhibitions that add a bunch of bells and whistles and don't let the artworks speak for themselves*, in an exhibit where clothes and their inspiration were the artworks the NGV dd an excellent job. Each room was nicely tied to the different 'themes' and collections, especially the 'boudoir' section.
There's probably a lot to say about treatment of race and culture in Gaultier's work but I don't feel equipped to say it, especially not without doing an enormous amount of background reading first. I definitely would not trust the NGV the include that sort of critical commentary anywhere in its exhibition materials, especially after their lackluster response when I made a complaint about some racist/sexist commentary on one of the works in their permanent collection.
But anyway, now it is time to look at nice pictures of clothes!
|I love the concept of the male corsets and the fan design but wasn't aesthetically especially into any of the examples on display. There was another great example of the fan design a bit later - just quietly blowing my mind.|
|The punk room was everything|
|Don't dress for the dystopian capitalist police state you have, dress for the post-apocalyptic biker battle dystopia you want|
|I didn't think denim could ever look so cool? An outfit for inducing existential crises|
|This dress was really cool - the 'fabric' is all strips of film. The shoulder pads are the best.|
|See earlier point about the biker apocalypse. Maybe I just want Tank Girl? yes, that sound right.|
|This Russia-inspired dress was beautiful and I'm sad my pictures of it didn't turn out. The room it was in had terrible lighting for taking pictures on my phone :/|
|The other fan man corset - Spanish vibes.|
|Stunning Madonna dress again. This is one of my favorite pictures that I took.|
*This is something I get from my mother (hi Mum) and once you notice galleries doing it, it becomes the most annoying thing in the world (looking at you, Canberra art gallery with your super racist set up for Emily Kngwarreye and you, GOMA in Brisbane for putting cow wallpaper under Warhol's Electric Chairs)