Jean Paul Gaultier

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October 25 – February 23

Jean Paul Gaultier is coming to Brooklyn MuseumThe Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk!

Gaultier’s haunting, yet bold and sophisticated haute couture is making it’s way to the east coast. The exhibition will be organized into seven themes outlining the influences on Gaultier’s growth – from the streets of Paris to the cinema. Assembled by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier and curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the exhibit will highlight Gaultier’s avant-garde approach to high fashion.

Naturally, all the iconic works are there. The multimedia exhibition will feature approximately 140 haute couture and innovative ensembles, from the designer’s premature to his most recent collections. Here’s an inside scoop on a few items inside the incredible inventory; Madonna’s cone bra for her Blonde Ambition Tour 1990, all the man-skirts from the 1980s, Beyonce’s many stages outfits, Marion Cotillard’s Oscar gown, Sarah Jessica Parker’s 2000 MTV Movie Award Dress (it took 312 hours to create), Mila’s bandage dress from The Fifth Element (1997), and the many corsets through the years. Even Gaultier’s very first design, from 1971 will be on full display. The exhibition not only includes custom mannequins with interactive faces, a handful of celebrities, including Gauliter himself, loaned their voices and mugs to the project. The interactive faces are created by high-definition audiovisual projects, an innovation developed by Denis Marleau and Stephanie Jasmin.  Many of the mannequins revolve to display all angles of each ensemble.

Gaultier’s vast archive demonstrates the years of criticism and enormous recognition he’s received. For decades, he has impacted the fashion trade by choosing unconventional models for his exhibitions and catwalks. It ranged from older men to full-figured women, from pierced to heavily tattooed models. Gaultier has even played around the roles of traditional gender roles in his shows. The exhibition has traveled to Rotterdam and Stockholm, before arriving to New York. The exhibit has attracted over 900,000 visitors thus far.

“Gaultier’s mastery of the complex technical demands of haute couture is matched only by his rich and unrivaled artistic collaborations,” says Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman. “His unconventional designs, frequently spiked with his sense of whimsy and quixotic humor, reflect the richness of our cultures.”


– Tina Michelle Chen for Untitled Magazine

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