Sunday, April 3, 2016

wanderlust: the fashion world of jean paul gaultier @ seoul, korea

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Whilst I was reaching for things to do and exhibitions in Seoul for my holiday, I was so excited to found out that 'The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier' exhibition would take place in Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. Although I am not a big fan of Gaultier, I would want to miss a chance to check out this exhibition. 

The exhibition was launched in 2011 and from then onward it has travelled to Dallas, San Franscisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London,  Melbourne, Paris, Munich and now making its final and first stop in Asia - Seoul, Korea. The exhibition will end in June 2016.

And now, fast forward to the day of my visit....  The exhibition is divided into seven themes:


It showcases Gaultier's interpretation or reinvention of early 20th century corsets and 1940s girdles.

Salon 4

Salon 8
The founding myths such as virgins, sailors and mermaids which captivated Gaultier and how these were expressed in his work. 

Odyssey 1

Odyssey 2

Skin deep
In this section, Gaultier explored human externalities; skin, gender and sexuality.

Skin deep 1

Skin deep 4

Skin deep 6

Punk Cancan
Pieces showcase here depict how classic Paris fashion was transformed by Gaultier's synthesis of the rebellious Parisian spirit with the freedom of London's 1970s punk movement. 

Punk cancan 1

Punk cancan 2

Punk cancan 6

Urban Jungle
The idea of jungle here refers to the variety of culture influences but also the use of unusual and rare materials such as leathers and feathers characteristic of haute couture. In Gaultier's ideal society, the world's diversity can be expressed in a single piece. 

Urban jungle 5

Urban jungle 9

Urban jungle 10

This section depicts Gaultier's many collaborations with movie directors, pop stars and dance choreographers all illustrated with costumes, videos and sketches. 

Metropolis 1

Metropolis 2

Les Mariees
Unconventional wedding dresses by Gaultier.

les mariees 5

les mariees 2

For more photos, please click here.

Exhibition details:

Venue: Dongdaemun Design Plaza, 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Korea
Transportation: Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Lines 2, 4 and 5, Exit 1)
Period of exhibition: March 26 to June 30, 2016
Admission hours:
Open Tuesday - Sunday
Art hall 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Museum 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Wed, Fri 10:00 am to 9:00 pm)
Admission ticket:
Adult: 15,00 KRW
Youth: 12,000 KRW
Children: 8,000 KRW

The exhibition is definitely worth a visit and if you are in Seoul before the end of June, do try to check it out. My timing was just right and I was lucky to be able to immerse myself into the world of Gaultier.    

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