While I didn’t know anything about Jean Paul Gaultier before I went to the exhibit (wearing my Target t-shirt and Walmart bra I might add), I was so energized by seeing it. Instead of my usual museum visit where I inevitably find myself sprinting towards the exit like my pants (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) are on fire and collapsing into a chair in the cafe in hope of a coffee I.V., I actually went slow, enjoyed the jostle of the lively crowd, and felt ready to bead a codpiece when I left the hall. (Ok that last part is not true – all of you know I’d never want to bead ANYTHING!)

So JP has been a busy boy. He’s made about a million pieces of clothing – Haute Couture and Pret a Porte, costume and lots of undies.

Chest of drawers with built-in vanity
Chest of drawers with built-in vanity
Vanity with drawers
Vanity with drawers
JP love seat
JP love seat

He’s also made cool furniture, perfume, music and had a TV show.

Yes, he’s been a very busy striped-shirt-wearing boy.

Seeing a retrospective of a thirty-year body of work makes me think I’ve got to get my butt in gear – I haven’t produced a fraction of what Jean Paul has. He’s only ten years older than me and I’m way behind in production.

And I have yet to produce something important. I’ve got to get to work.

Crochet dress - front
Crochet dress – front
Crochet dress - back
Crochet dress – back

I need to yarn bomb a dress.

Sharkskin appliques
Sharkskin appliques

I need to use sharkskin.

Wheat sheaf bustier
Wheat sheaf bustier

I need to make a tutu out of wheat.

Folklorico skirt
Folklorico skirt

I need to make a cool skirt.

OK. So I don’t need to do these things – because Jean Paul has done them already. It’s his art, his world, his metier.

But within my art, my world, my metier I need to make something new, intriguing, important.

At this point in my career I’m super busy and making things all the time. I haven’t figured out how to make enough money to pay the bills. And I haven’t figured out how to do my work and keep my house clean. And now I have to add CREATE IMPORTANT WORK to my long list of things to do. Hmmm.

Beaded cheetah dress
Beaded cheetah dress

Ok – not in a make a two-thousand-and-six-(wo)man-hour beaded dress sort of way…

White lace mask
White lace mask

And probably not in a creepy ric rac mask sort of way…

detail of Folklorico skirt
detail of Folklorico skirt

But I’ll find a way – and I’ll bring you all on the journey with me.

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Questions and Comments

  1. Wish I could have been there to go with you. That mermaid dress is fantastic! And the crochet overlay on the other dress….swoon!

    • You would have loved it! And then you could have seen Timothy Olyphant in the photography show too! He’s a cutie – if a little pidgeon-toed!
      And of course the sharkskin corset for Stephan!

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