Fashion on film: see Jean Paul Gaultier work his magic

Fashion on film: see Jean Paul Gaultier work his magic

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The original enfant terrible is captured on camera, for just four screenings in Melbourne

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) kicks off today, and with it a bevy of fashion-focused events. One major highlight? Four screenings of legendary French documentarian Loïc Prigent's latest film, Jean Paul Gaultier Travaille (Jean Paul Gaultier at Work).

The film chronicles the unconventional French designer's most iconic works, from his first ever design to Madonna's famous cone bra - and the most extravagant, extraordinary pieces in between. With his head seamstress Mireille Simon and models Alex Yuryeva and Tanel Bedrossiantz in tow, Gaultier reveals how and why he created each piece, speaking direct to camera with the flair he's so beloved for. Catch the trailer below:

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It's the latest in a string of notable fashion documentaries by Prigent, whose past work includes Signe Chanel about the house under Karl Lagerfeld; Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, and La Ligne Balmain, a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at Olivier Rousteing's antics as he prepares for fashion week.

Jean Paul Gaultier at Work screens on August 29 and 31 from 7pm and September 4 and 13 from 2:30pm at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne. The event includes a screening of Alison Chernick's acclaimed mini doco on Martin Margiela, The Artist is Absent. Tickets cost $17 each ($13 concession); visit for details.

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