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At the last minute I was able to catch the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Musée des beaux-arts while it was still in Montreal.

Unlike any I’ve seen before, this show featured animated faces projected onto mannequins, including one of Gaultier himself (see top photo), as well as a runway with moving mannequins. He didn’t want the show to have a typical stuffy and static museum feel, and these were ways he could bring it to life.

I took a lot of close-up shots (big surprise, I know) – but the detail that goes into each piece is incredible. He is one of the select few members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and you can see why.

Shortly before my visit, I had picked up an issue of the New Yorker. The article, Fantasyland, was a great supplement to viewing the exhibit. If you didn’t make it to the show (I think it’s in the States now, and then Europe), the article provides a great little glimpse into the life and work of Gaultier, and is worth a read, selon moi.