Jean Paul Gaultier Media Call

I had so much fun at the Jean Paul Gaultier Media Call on Thursday morning that I took 267 photos. The legend was there. Jean Paul Gaultier took to the stage, grabbing the microphone with a bubbling and effervescent charm and transfixing the worn and weary media contingent with his enthusiasm for a life of design. In conversation with Curator Thierry Maxime Loriot,  he spoke about how Fashion can step to the forefront of social change, remembering the example set by visionary Yves St Laurent, who openly lived with lover Pierre Berge at a time when homosexual unions were still publicly discreet. It had meant a lot to a young JPG providing him confidence to live as he wanted. To be himself.

Broadmeadows’ most famous former resident, model Andreja Pejic joined him onstage and spoke lucidly about transgender issues. Jean Paul recalled the first time he saw Andreja how he thought only of beauty, not gender. Andreja has modeled for both Gaultier’s mens and womens wear collections and Jean Paul claimed Andreja made a better Bridal wear model than Rhianna! Jean Paul Gaultier has opened the door to allow transgender models to be celebrated as unique beauties. He often uses non-models in his runway shows including older and shorter people and challenges the idea of the clone like conformity to notions of there being one ultimate kind of beauty. Confidence has its own allure thank goodness.

This is an epic exhibition. Room after room of haute couture warrants more than one visit and I felt really vibed by Jean Paul Gautier’s eloquent words and his incredible body of word.

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Fashion blogger Tallulah Shellew (artkidtallulah)

Fashion blogger Tallulah Shellew (artkidtallulah)

Big rig

Big rig

Interviewing Jean Paul

Interviewing Jean Paul

Models storm the NGV

Models storm the NGV

A Dolled up crowd

A Dolled up crowd

Front row muse Tanel Bedrossiantz

Front row muse Tanel Bedrossiantz

Fashionastas

Fashionastas

Fash Blogger Hayley Hughes (fashionhayley)

Fash Blogger Hayley Hughes (fashionhayley)

Gwendolynne Burkin

Gwendolynne Burkin

Mariam Marcilla

Mariam Marcilla

Belinda Price

Belinda Price

Alex Perry and friends

Alex Perry and friends

Dylan Rainforth

Dylan Rainforth

Dylan takes off

Dylan takes off

Sarah White and Leah Rachcoff

Sarah White and Leah Rachcoff

Jessie Lewis and Craig Lawson

Jessie Lewis and Craig Lawson

Being Jean Paul Gaultier

Being Jean Paul Gaultier

Form guide

Form guide

Form guide 2

Form guide 2

Form Guide 3

Form Guide 3

Enjoying every minute

Enjoying every minute

Andreja Pejic and Alexandra Agoston in the mirror room

Andreja Pejic and Alexandra Agoston in the mirror room

Portrait of heavy cameras

Portrait of heavy cameras

Pixel kiss sequin dress

Pixel kiss sequin dress

'Spitting Image' doll

‘Spitting Image’ doll

Linda Evangelista, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maggie and Marge Simpson

Linda Evangelista, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maggie and Marge Simpson

Productive collaborations

Productive collaborations

Ideas for Madonna

Ideas for Madonna

Muse Tanel Bedrossiantz

Muse Tanel Bedrossiantz

Cindy Sherman wears JPG for Interview Magazine 1983

Cindy Sherman wears JPG for Interview Magazine 1983

Young JPG makes a corset for teddy

Young JPG makes a corset for teddy

Sequinned flares

Sequinned flares

Animated model mannequins

Animated model mannequins

Jean Paul Gaultier and Curator Thierry Maxime Loriot

Jean Paul Gaultier and Curator Thierry Maxime Loriot

Jean Paul, Andreja Pejic and Thierry

Jean Paul, Andreja Pejic and Thierry

Thierry shoots a selfie with friends Tony Elwood, Alexandra Agoston, Andreja Pejic and Jean Paul

Thierry shoots a selfie with friends Tony Elwood, Alexandra Agoston, Andreja Pejic and Jean Paul

Charming the media

Charming the media

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