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Sending lots of fabulous nothings to all LGBTQs and everyone in between, everywhere in the world, as Sydney celebrates the end of mardis gras 2012 today! For some reason, today’s mardis gras festivities made me think about the super fabulous Jean-Paul Goude who has pervaded our cultural psyche in more ways than we can imagine… from the iconic images of Grace Jones (his muse and the mother of his first child), to the clever Kodachrome ad; from the amazing Vanessa Paradis in a birdcage for Coco Chanel, to the everlasting campaigns for the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. This man – who has been described as an “artist-cum-precursor, manipulator of images, illustrator, artistic director, photographer and film-maker” – is a true living creative genius and, although many may not know his name, you are bound to be familiar with many of the images that he has fashioned.

The musée des Arts décoratifs (my favourite gallery in Paris, together with the musée de l’Orangerie) is showing a fantastic retrospective of Jean-Paul Goude’s work, including one of the train carriages and rotating dancing ladies that featured in the parade marking the Bicentenary of the French Revolution in 1989. Keep an eye out also for the live princess who glides through the gallery. There is no way the images that I captured from the exhibition can do any justice to the beauty and power of this man’s work, but here are a few to jog your memory of his genius.

Valentino & Linda Evangelista

From his sketchbook for the Bicentenary of the French Revolution

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Maggie Cheung

Queen of Seoul

Christian Lacroix & Linda Evangelista

Grace Jones

Dancing lady from Bicentenary of the French Revolution

Light installation

Kodachrome at 1984

Goudemalion. Jean-Paul Goude une rétrospective is running at the musée des Arts décoratifs for another two weeks (ending on 18 March). I beg you to catch it if you can!

bisous, mon ami x

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