Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Art: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Show time: See website for schedule; ThroughÂ February 23, 2014
Venue: Brooklyn Museum
Food: Tomâ€™s Restaurant
Drink: Soda Bar
Miscellaneous: Old Brooklyn Parlor
The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultierâ€™s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures. This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s developmentâ€”from the streets of Paris to the cinemaâ€”since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prÃªt-Ã -porter ensembles, from the designerâ€™s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Itâ€™s the place where Susanne Vega wrote â€œTomâ€™s Restaurant,â€ but Tomâ€™s Restaurant is just as famous for its food. With a near insane breakfast menu, expect items like pancakes with apples and pecans to be brought to you by the sweetest waitresses in Brooklyn. Soda Bar is a great place for drinks. The alcohol is cheap, thereâ€™s surprisingly excellent food, and thereâ€™s even another room where DJs spin. If itâ€™s too much, you can hang outside in the backyard patio under the stars. The Old Brooklyn Parlor specializes in old school drinks like the Brooklyn Egg Cream and the Lime Cherry Rickey, making it an excellent anchor to this neighborhood.