If anyone is in Paris between now and August 3, I highly recommend that you go and see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Grand Palais.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, has attracted over one million visitors on its world tour, and has already stopped at San Francisco, London and Melbourne, among other cities.
The exhibition features over 140 outfits created by the ‘enfant terrible’ of fashion, including his iconic marinière striped tops and his conical corsets made famous by Madonna.
Particularly noteworthy are the animated mannequins that blink and move their eyes. The one pictured below proclaims to be the ‘true’ Jean Paul Gaultier, and, among other things, chats to you about his inspiration, his muses, equality of the sexes and cougars (not the feline variety).
I guarantee that this exhibition will a) Make you wish you were rich enough to by haute-couture, and b) Make you want to buy stripes. A must see.