1. Wide shot, sign "Bravehearts Men In Skirts", pans to people milling around exhibition
2. Wide exhibit
3. Mid shot leather skirt, and top
4. Close up leather skirt
5. Tilt-up from socks to "Scottish" inspired kilt
6. Set up shot Jean Paul Gaultier
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Designer:
"My purpose is not to make every man wear a skirt, I don't imagine a world where men wear only skirt. The purpose is each man has a right to wear a skirt so it's more of freedom each man to wear what he wants."
8. Woman looking at male kimonos
9. Close up male kimono
10. Mid shot two skirt/outfits
11. Close up head gear for the outfits
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion Designer:
"The woman looking at men, they were liking to see something not so feminine but fragile in the man. Even in the emotion, not so macho so some of the girls love the idea of a man in a skirt, it doesn't mean a feminine skirt it could be a very masculine skirt. It is what I tried to do, now we are one step further than that not only can a man wear a skirt have the freedom to wear a skirt but have the freedom also to have make-up."
13. Wide of several skirts
14. Mid shot woman looking at skirts
15. Wide three grass skirts for men
16. Close up grass skirt
17. Wide museum exterior
18. Close up sign promoting the exhibition
A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that showcases the skirt as an item of male clothing opens on Tuesday.
Sponsored by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier,
the exhibit entitled "Bravehearts: Men in Skirts" aims to
end the feminine connotations traditionally linked to the skirt, and show it in a male environment.
At a gala evening on Monday, Gaultier - who has been known to send a men's skirt or two down the runway - said his designs are about freedom for men to wear what they want.
"I'm not trying to put all men in skirts. I just want to give them the freedom to wear a skirt if they want to. Women fought for years to wear trousers," he said.
Skirts on display in the exhibit include modern kaftans from Miguel Adrover and Roberto Cavalli; leather punk-rock outfits by Vivienne Westwood; androgynous coats and "mini-shirts" inspired by David Bowie and Mick Jagger from the 1970s; and Courtney Love's baby doll dress, worn by her late
husband, Kurt Cobain, on stage in the early 1990s.
Historical pieces, such as tribal grass skirts, Greek and Hungarian folk costumes and traditional Scottish "belted plaids," large pieces of fabric slung over the shoulder and then wrapped around the waist as kilts, are also featured.
Designer John Galliano's version of a papal outfit, for the Christian Dior Haute Couture collection, is sure to draw the crowds.
The text accompanying the glittery gold coat dress explains that ecclesiastical garments often feature skirt bottoms because they distinguish religious leaders from ordinary men, and "deny and deflect" the wearers' sexual presence.
The exhibition includes three skirts ordered on the Web as part of an Internet campaign called "Men Against Trouser Tyranny," which argues that skirts are more comfortable and practical.
"Bravehearts: Men in Skirts" runs until Feb 8th (2004).
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