Must See: Jean Paul Gaultier's Haute Exhibit

The French designer's fashion exhibition is now on display at the Dallas Museum of Art.

By Alanna Quillen
|  Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 5:46 PM CDT
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A candid interview with famed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier before his

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A candid interview with famed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier before his "Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" exhibit opens at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Whether you're a die-hard fashionista or not, the new exhibition featuring Jean Paul Gaultier's haute-couture is a must-see.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features haute-couture pieces created by the world-renown French designer. The show includes approximately 130 ready-to-wear dresses made between 1970 and 2011. According to info cards next to the pieces, many of the dresses took over 100 hours to complete. 

Gaultier is known for his unconventional start in the fashion world throughout the '70s, being dubbed fashion's "enfant terrible" by the press at the time and using full-figured women and tattooed models to show his work. Designing outrageous wardrobes in movies like "The Fifth Element," and also designed outfits for musicians like Marilyn Manson, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and Madonna.  

The exhibition itself is quite long, with room after room of funky dresses, artistic installations, and photos showing some of his work on famous models. 

What's especially cool is that all of the mannequins appear to have moving faces. This is achieved through individual projectors positioned above each mannequin, casting pre-recorded images of talking lips, blinking eyes, and various facial expressions.

When you're there, make sure you look up close and pay special attention incredible detail in his dresses like the intricate bead and lace work.

The exhibition runs through February 12, 2012.

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood 
Dallas, TX 75201
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