I’ve got a story to tell you about Jean Paul Gaultier. When I was about 15, Mother Ruby Assembly came back from glamorous Sydney. One of her friends had gifted her a JPG ready-to-wear dress she had grown tired of – it was a cycle-suit like skintight lycra dress in lime green, navy and red with racing stripes and loud logos. Context: was the late ’90s and technology and sport were all the rage, trends reflected in this dress. I loved it. I wore it. I lost it. That is all.

In other news, the current The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV exhibition is extraordinary. Featuring wild automatons – almost-living mannequins – whose very features follow you around the room, sexy dark dens of heavily beaded bodysuits and fetish gowns and barest-blush-pink ribboned wunderkammers highlighting the designers’ iconic corsetry-inspired dresses. It is truly wonderful, and attempting to describe the extent and opulence of this show in language is to do it a disservice. So instead, enjoy the photos and video I’ve taken in this blog, and let the anticipation of seeing this exhibition in the flesh wash over you.
Thankfully, I’ve got TWO TICKETS to give away to a lovely Ruby Assembly reader! To go in the running to win a double pass to The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV, simply:
1. Email with the subject being ‘Ruby Assembly’s Lost JPG Dress’ and tell me in under 50 words about a favored item that you have lost.
2. Be a subscriber to the Ruby Assembly blog (subscribe at the bottom of this page).
3. For extra brownie points, following Ruby Assembly on Instagram @iolantherubyslipper.
Winner announced on the Ruby Assembly Facebook page on Thursday 27th of November. This is a game of skill. Good luck!