Jean Paul Gaultier uses some unusual materials for some of his creations. So it is no surprise that he is the inspiration for these dresses made out of materials such as pretzel dough, curry powder and gelatin.
These dresses were decorations at an event sponsored by Art Point, a group of young professionals that supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Mannequin Madness got involved when we received the following email:
I am Evelyne Suas, from the San Francisco Baking Institute. We have been ask to participate in the Bastille day (July 14) for Jean Paul Gauthier in the De Young Museum. Beside baking treats for the guests, 2 of our Baker/Pastry chefs will reproduce 2 dresses and hats from the collection made entirely with bread and chocolate. So I am looking for a female form – with legs,arms head. We will use it to do all our testing but also to shape the wire form needed to shape the “dresses”. A used mannequin is preferable because we might damage it. Our budget is $ 200.00. Would you have something in that range. If so can I make an appointment to go and visit you in oakland.
We love those types of emails. And yes, the mannequins in these photos (which were taken by Frank Wing) were purchased at Mannequin Madness. To learn about the process involved in making these “dresses” you can read about it here: