|Inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier's corset fashion|
To wear or not to wear to the exhibit?
Dress: miha studio
Naturally, any discussion of Jean Paul Gaultier is accompanied by images of bustiers and corsetry, bound onto iconic faces in pop music and film. In his own way, Gaultier emancipated women from corsetry's connotations of helplessness and, instead, infused them with power. We are definitely not the weaker sex in Gaultier's bustiers ...
... not when ladies like Madonna show us how to don them.
Actually, now that I examine the design below, another strong female is brought to mind: the Valkyrie, Brünnhilde. I am mentally finishing off this outfit with a horned Viking helmet, accompanied by charging Wagnerian strains.
|Madonna's "Cone Bra"|
by Jean Paul Gaultier
at the Exhibit
Photo: Emil Larsson
I read somewhere that Gaultier's "cone bra" was inspired by antique breast plates worn by Italian soldiers. It is no surprise then that his corsets announce Offense rather than Defense, with such armed origins.
Gaultier's fascination with the corset began early on in his life, upon discovering his grandmother's. He then created a paper version, summarily pinning it onto his teddy bear. This prophetic teddy bear is apparently on display too.