It was a glorious day when we had lift-off of our Air Canada flight (only an hour and 20 minutes long) to a press convention in the international city of Montreal. As a former teacher I always want to learn more and the New York Press Association’s yearly gathering for publishers seemed a perfect combination of a getaway and business meeting. A bonus is that I traveled with my son Josh and husband Stu.
Walking through the city I saw a mix of modern skyscrapers, magnificent historic buildings well preserved, many art galleries, museums and restaurants. My best treat of the weekend was to visit the extraordinary Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A world-class exhibition of the “art” of the brilliant, innovative and provocative designer Jean Paul Gaultier was on display. If you are not familiar with his perfume bottle in the shape of a curvy woman, then think of Madonna when she wore his bustiers as dresses and made history in them.
What was so remarkable, beyond his imaginative designs for men and women, was how the exhibit had been curated. The clothes were on mannequins that spoke animatedly, as if they were alive. There is even the designer talking to himself in the “mirror.” From the fantasy dresses to stunningly-crafted suits to undergarments that scream femininity, the collection is extraordinary. Did you know he was the leader in making navy and white stripes the rage?
Going to Montreal I felt like I had been to Europe for a fast getaway. It’s a great escape. I only wish I had more time to explore the international city small enough to easily navigate on foot and find different “worlds” within blocks. It’s something like a miniature Queens and Brooklyn!