Gaultier at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

My friend invited me along to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at Dongdaemun Design Plaza one night last week, and I’m so glad I was able to go! Anyone who knows me knows I’m no fashion maven in any way, but it’s so much fun to look at haute couture, especially the eccentric and outlandish Gaultier creations. Apparently, Seoul is the last stop on the Gaultier exhibit world tour, and the last day to see it is June 30th. So if you live here and want to see it, make plans ASAP!Jennifer and I were sad that there were no English audio guides offered, but there were some English translations provided throughout the exhibit, and truly, the clothes speak for themselves. Shockingly, photos were allowed, so enjoy the following!

This corset looks like metal, but was leather painted gold
This corset looks like metal, but was gold-colored leather
We both loved this futuristic corset
We both loved this futuristic corset

In the second room, all of the mannequins had faces that moved. Some of them were singing and talking, as well. The eyes were especially creepy, opening and closing, shifting left and right. You can see it in the two pictures below of the same mannequin – in the first photo, her eyes are open, and in the second they’re closed.

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The next room got a little weirder.

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The picture does not do this mohawk justice
The picture does not do this mohawk justice
These mannequins were rotating on a stage, which was a great way to see them; it felt more like an actual fashion show
These mannequins were rotating on a stage, which was a great way to see them; it felt more like an actual fashion show

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There were a few camo creations - military pride!
There were a few camo creations – military pride!
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Love the bodice!

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The top of this is made from film reel
The top of this is made from film reel

The exhibit costs 15,000 won and is well worth it. Absolutely fascinating to look at all the creativity on display.

And I finally got to try Korean fried chicken! Everyone is right, it’s the best in the world. Jennifer and I shared a basket of boneless chicken at Kyochon, and it is ridiculously addictive. Haute couture, fried chicken, and beer – a perfect evening with an awesome friend!

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