Paola Di Trocchio, NGV Melbourne

Today marks the official opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk exhibition at the NGV.

Those following my personal instagram account (busichic) will have seen my photos from the media preview that I attended yesterday which included hearing Mr. Gaultier in conversation – and what a delightful, moving and inspiring conversation it was. More on that very soon.

Today I want to encourage you to visit the exhibition this weekend for yourself or make plans with friends to visit during one of the Friday evening sessions where NGV Curator, Paola Di Trocchio, is one of many who will be speaking about the designer, his techniques and contribution to the world of fashion and beyond.

Earlier this month I bumped into Paola who happened to be in the midst of unpacking the collection – naturally I had to capture what she was wearing. In her role, Paola has to dress for very different days from “regular” days at her desk, meetings (here’s when I had coffee with her to prep for our talk at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival) to events, to assembling exhibitions. Here is what she wore one day where she was unpacking a retrospective of one of the most important designers of our time.

NGV Fashion Curator, Paola Di Trocchio, earlier this month

NGV Curator, Paola Di Trocchio, earlier this month – wearing a star-print jumpsuit as she worked on unpacking the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective now on display at the NGV until February 8.

Trust Paola to wear an outfit that is practical enough to climb ladders in but stylish enough to head straight out to an event!

I regret that I didn’t also photograph the pair of white gloves that Paola had stashed in her pockets; all-important for handling the clothes that she was lifting up out of carefully wrapped layers of tissue paper. Can you imagine the delight of getting to unwrap and handle the clothes!?

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk is open at NGV International from today until February 8.

The clothing is beautiful, the displays are wonderful (featuring some animated mannequins and generally allowing viewers to get pretty close, I must say!) but most important and moving is the vision of this man who sees and celebrates original beauty. Bravo!

Click here to see the program of events for this exhibition.

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