For those yet to catch The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), this weekend is your last chance before it departs for Paris.

The NGV is hosting a weekend of daytime talks and late night events to not only celebrate the work of French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, but to close what has been the most successful summer ticketed exhibitions at the NGV to date. The blockbuster exhibition features 140 garments spanning the designer’s 40-year career. A highlight of the exhibition has been 32 custom mannequins with animated faces that blink, wink at you and even sing in chorus.

Kicking off tonight is the final Friday Night at Jean Paul Gaultier featuring electro-pop duo Chicks on Speed and DJ Andee Frost. Online tickets have sold out but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The exhibition will stay open until midnight on Saturday 7 February with food, drinks and a solo set from Chicks on Speed’s Alex Murray-Leslie.

On closing night, Sunday 8 February, the exhibition will open until 10pm with food, drinks and music from Breaking and Entering (3RRR’s Lauren Taylor and Simon Winkler).

Daytime talks on Saturday and Sunday will feature LaTrobe University professor Dennis Altman, NGV curators Paola Di Trocchio and Katie Somerville, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.

“We have seen over 200,000 people come through the door already,” says NGV director, Tony Ellwood of the exhibition, which opened in October last year.

“The exhibition has exceeded our expectations. And we’ve been very pleased with the uptake of our programs.”

Paola Di Trocchio, curator of fashion and textiles at the NGV, credits the success of the exhibition to, “The exceptional craftsmanship, imagination and skill of one of the world’s best couturiers. It’s great to see audiences enjoying and appreciating Gaultier’s work, as well as his tongue-in-cheek humour.”

“Gaultier has said, ‘everybody is welcome in my world’ and it’s great to see this reality at the NGV.”

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