The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia until February 8, 2015
Above: ASSIN brand viscose garment REscued from landfill. It reminded me of the black and white stripes Gaultier is REnowned for.
Read about the interesting true history of stripes in fashion here
Gosh it’s amazing what can be saved direct from landfill. I liked this ASSIN garment a lot when I spotted it amongst the piles of fast fashion. I was attracted to its unusual cotton fabric label, unique raw edging, and the soft as silk fabric. I had no idea that ASSIN garments are expensive to buy, even on sale!
I [Karen] studied 5 years of French. I have been told that my maternal great-grandfather went to Jesuit boarding school in France. I have also been told by a distant relative that he had an attitude of f-you. I would not be surprised if my Gaultier gauche, rude, cheeky and Beat the Man approach to a frugal lifestyle is partly genetic.
Like fellow western suburbs’ designer Toni Maticevski, RUDE can relate to that f-you attitude that Gaultier oozes. You certainly have to have it to survive the stereotyping that comes with living in the west of Melbourne.
People who live inner west will not have the same level of stigma that comes with living in the outer west. Toni Maticevski grew up in the inner west and has a studio there today. RUDE lives in the outer west and has a studio at home. The differences are that RUDE is a fringe dweller and not a well know couture fashion designer.
Gaultier was REcycling and REusing in the 1980s with his punk creations. As a child, he listened to his grandmother tell stories about life during the war. Women were already recycling then, to cope with the prevailing shortages: men’s suits were altered for women; pants became skirts. By enriching recycled objects, Jean Paul Gaultier made them magnificent. Sumptuous linings turned military garments into formal attire, while evening gowns sprang from camouflage-print fabrics.
Like Gaultier, RUDE’s approach to a creative life is not mainstream and was formed in childhood, watching a sewist mother deconstructing garments for fabric and removing buttons and zips for REuse. RUDE’s Scavenger Style defies a lot of social norms around hygiene, consumption, consumerism, safety and acceptability to name a few.
Community Recycling Network Australia summed up well RUDE’s ‘cheeky’ approach to REcycling in the link below. RUDE is loving that we are REcognised for our contribution to keeping stuff out of landfill.
Beat the Man and do something subversive!