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The Fashion World of
Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
— March 24-August 19, 2012
The Fashion World
Jean Paul Gaultier
WOW! "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" was one of the most dramatic and visually stunning exhibits we've ever seen.
The exhibition was about Jean Paul Gaultier's vision — he is one of the most important designers of our era. It was the first exhibition devoted to the celebrated French haute couture fashion designer and the collection was magnificent — truly a work of art. And San Francisco's de Young Museum was the exclusive west coast venue for this critically acclaimed international exhibition. It followed in the footsteps of previous exhibits featuring the works of master designers Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga.
This dynamic multimedia exhibition featured 140 ensembles spanning over 35 years from Jean Paul Gaultier's most celebrated works of haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, along with their accessories (created between the mid-1970s and 2010).
We were blown away from the minute we walked into the first section of the exhibit — lifelike animated mannequins (some blinking and speaking) draped in signature Gautlier designs, were illuminated against a royal blue backdrop — an exquisite sight! Watch video
What was sure to be a popular draw to the exhibit were the infamous and iconic "cone bra" Body Corsets worn by Madonna in her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour —they made fashion history!
Also included in this unique exhibit were a variety of sketches, archival documents, stage costumes, runway clips, concerts and video excerpts from the designer's extensive film and music collaborations. See fashion photography and never-before-seen prints from a variety of contemporary photographers and renowned artists including Andy Warhol.
The exhibit was organized along six different thematic sections tracing the influences that have marked the designer's creative development:
- The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier
(Exhibit began with a dramatic display of costumed animated mannequins)
- The Boudoir
(Explored Gaultier's fascination with lingerie. Madonna's famous "cone bra" Body Corsets and the first Corset Dress were on display)
- Skin Deep
(Garments inspired by themes of bondage and body art)
- Punk Cancan
(Chic Parisienne & Street "Punk" Culture)
- Urban Jungle
(Multicultural clash of influences including Hussars, Mongolians, Hassidic Jews, Frida Kahlo and China)
(Exhibit concluded with costumes and sketches from movies (including costumes Gaultier designed for Pedro Almódovar's films) and Gaultier's relationships with pop icons)
Influenced by reality, Gaultier liked artistic expression and was inspired by people who were different. During his first visit to San Francisco in the early 1980s, he saw a man dressed in black leather and thought that was unique (welcome to San Francisco!) And so his famous leather-designed creations were born.
As Thierry-Maxime Loriot, originating curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts quoted, "... This unique exhibition offers visitors access to the world of Jean Paul Gaultier and haute couture, as well as articulating the strong social message behind his work, which truly defines his very own distinctive aesthetic."
Note: The Exhibition "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. JoliCoeur International is the official supplier of mannequins for the exhibition.
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Fri (Mar 30-Nov 30 only) 9:30am-8:45pm
There are several early and holiday closures, so
be sure to check the museum's web site when planning your visit.
All tickets to this exhibit are timed and dated.
It is recommended that you arrive approximately 30 minutes early
to line up.
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