I’m back from a whirl wind adventure in the city of lights. What a lovely, refined city. Full of rich history, unique architecture, delicious food and pastries. I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful place.
It was a packed schedule of the typical site-seeing stops , but the highlights for me were attending the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Grand Palais, and fabric shopping in Montmatre.
I came across the exhibit by chance in the Metro station near our hotel, and noticed that it was running currently, and had to take the opportunity to see this master’s work. The exhibit consisted of 182 pieces designed between 1976 and 2015. He sees it as the ultimate fashion show rather than a retrospective. The show was organized in themed groupings, such as french sailor stripes, corsets, punk, etc. The mannequins were plain white, but had live faces projected on them (including Jean Paul’s) to bring them to life! It’s hard to describe what it’s like to be in the presence of such creativity and stellar avant garde (and cheeky) design. It was pretty incredible. If you will be in Paris before August 3rd, and are a fashion-ophile, I recommend stopping by the Grand Palais to check out this exhibit, you won’t regret it.
The man himself in his iconic french sailor stripes speaking to exhibit goers
Fabric shopping in Montmatre was inspiring. Just to have the breadth of choice within a small vicinity and at great prices (10 euros for 3 meters!) was exhilarating. I got a little carried away, and my suitcase was bursting (literally, I had to borrow my friend’s luggage strap because my zipper popped open).
Arms full of fabric