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Jean Paul Gaultier Opening

| December 21, 2011 | Parties

THE SPECTACLES With far more than a wink at that flaunt-it, look-at-me, show-it-off category of fashion, the Dallas Museum of Art fĂȘted the opening of its hugely anticipated Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective with a dizzying array of revelry, frequented by the enfant terrible designer in the flesh. First up was a thoroughly Texas-themed welcome shindig at the Rose Pump House (complete with tequila shots and frito pie) for Monsieur Gaultier, which he fully embraced with his Leddy’s Eiffel Tower cowboy boots. The next day, a host committee luncheon at the DMA, presented by Forty Five Ten, had attendees mingling with Gaultier while the chef sent out JPG-inspired specials—think a “Mushroom Mohawk” goat cheese croquette and a “Feathers and Lace” chocolate-dipped dessert—from his own epicurean atelier. That night, a packed reception at the museum, previewing The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, nearly inflicted sensory overload, what with the flood of guests decked in the designer and diamonds, not to mention the spell of the enchanting exhibit. Afterward, a more intimate VIP dinner at The Rachofsky House commenced to honor lead underwriters as well as out-of-town luminaries. THE SOUNDS Oohs and aahs permeated the head-spinning exhibition rooms, where excited chatter mixed magically with the talking, anthropomorphic heads of the Gaultier-dressed mannequins—some that seemed almost too lifelike with their penetrating, blinking baby blues. HAUTE TOPICS From vintage entrances to fresh-from-the-runway exits, guests took each and every opportunity to go Gaultier, scoring plenty of fashion points with the designer and their modish friends alike. Decades owner Cameron Silver jetted in from Los Angeles for the luncheon and chose head-to-toe camo. For the evening reception at the DMA, director-elect Maxwell Anderson’s wife, Jacqueline, stunned in a form-fitting lace sheath and feathered fascinator. Cindy Rachofsky wore a couture JPG that paid homage to old Hollywood, while Chairman of the Board of Trustees Deedie Rose traded in her custom-tooled cowboy boots donned at the welcome dinner for an off-the-shoulder, cream cloud of a cape from the spring 2011 couture collection. Of course, petite burlesque princess Dita Von Teese played the perfect arm candy for Gaultier and elicited plenty of stares, donning playful pink satin overalls with those iconic cone breastplates during lunch, followed by a delicious black corseted gown for the nighttime festivities. Photography by Bruno, Dana Driensky and Carter Rose


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