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Gaultier Exhibition Excitement & The Haute Hunger Games


Cannes Film Festival 1991 - Madonna Truth or Dare
See it in the flesh! So to speak...

- It may be over a year away but we’re already pretty excited about The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk, an exhibition at London’s Barbican gallery dedicated to the enfant terrible French designer, Gaultier.

Not only is it almost certainly the longest exhibition title ever seen, but we’re pleased to hear the show won’t “be something like a funeral.” As the man himself says, “to be in a museum, it is for people who are dead. I am still alive!” Thanks for clearing that up, Jean Paul.

Jean Paul Gaultier 1986-7 Metropolitan Museum of Art
A vintage Jean Paul Gaultier piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from AW86-7

In a very un-funeral like fashion, the exhibition, opening in April 2014, will feature over 140 couture and pret-a-porter pieces charting his long and illustrious career. Extra Gaultier pizazz takes the form of catwalk footage, music videos, and clips from his TV show Eurotrash.

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to one of Madonna’s Gaultier conical bras – so close it’d probably poke your eye out – put this exhibition in your Smythson now.

Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games Catching Fire
©Lionsgate. J-Law in a suspiciously McQueeny style couture dress.

- With star lead Jennifer Lawrence now an Oscar winner, and Motilo’s Disney Princess,  The Hunger Games is no longer a film reserved for slightly odd fan-fiction groupies. As the sequel approaches this autumn, it’s quietly becoming one for the fashion fans too: a series of portraits released this week show J-Law and The Hunger Games leading ladies in dramatic couture, mysteriously reminiscent of certain Alexander McQueen designs.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Alexander McQueen AW12
©Lionsgate. Banks wears McQueen AW12 for her promotional poster.

Co-star Elizabeth Banks, aka Effie Trinket, looks tensely regal in her red tightly ruffled gown, lifted directly, or so confirmed, from the McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. She even has the crazy shoes to match.

Jennifer, aka Katniss Everdeen, wears a white floor-length chiffon explosion of McQueen-esque layered ruffles, and sculptural wing-like pieces sprouting from the bodice. Sadly, the McQueen house has stated that this dress isn’t theirs. (Something to do with Jen’s allegiance to Miss Dior perhaps?)

For a dystopian film, The Hunger Games portraits are rather beautifully brilliant. Though we suspect the McQueen inspired styling was no coincidence; the dark imagery that pervades this label surely hints at a dark film to come…

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