Who Needs Haunted Houses When You Have The Gaultier Exhibit?

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Halloween season normally brings the usual slew of haunted houses and scary movies, but this year we've got a different thrill in mind. Beginning in October, the Brooklyn Museum will host an exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier's work entitled "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk." And yes, it's going to be a little weird. How weird? Upon entrance to the exhibit, you'll be greeted by a mannequin that looks like Gaultier, talks like Gaultier, and, yes, even winks like Gaultier. Then, as you make your way through the exhibit, which was created by Jolicouer International, you'll experience S&M-inspired pieces and more mannequins of various shapes and sizes. If these mannequins are anything like the models Gaultier has employed in the past, you can be sure they'll be large, pierced, and challenging everything you've ever learned about gender binaries.

The exhibit revolves around seven themes of Gaultier's artistic development since his emergence as a designer in the '70s. Featuring 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter pieces ranging from his earliest to most recent collections, the display will also showcase accessories, sketches, stage costumes, film excerpts, and clips from runway shows.

The show will run until February, when it will move on to London, Melbourne, and finally, Paris. You should check it out, if for no other reason than to say Gaultier once winked at you.

When: October 25 through February 23
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Avenue); 718-638-5000. Tickets: $12 suggested contribution (WWD)

gaultier-2Photo: Via WWD.