The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

By Neon Staff | 2014/02/07 - 13:13:53

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"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" is the first international exhibition about the unique work of the french designer. The exhibition is a true spectacle and includes the most iconic haute couture and prêt-à-porter pieces, as well as creations for cinema and theater. 

Over 140 ensembles dated back from the 1970s to the most recent years are organized into seven themes, highlighting the designer's influences through his life. The pieces come to life with videos displayed on the faces of custom mannequins, giving the impression of living and talking models. But even if the mannequins are truly exquisite, it's the actual artwork that steals the show. The seven influences in which the exhibition is divided into include "The Odyssey", with all the sailors, mermaids and religious iconography and "The Boudoir", with the designer's fascination for lingerie, including Madonna's bustier and bras. Gaultier was the stage costume designer for Madonna's 1989-90 Blond Ambition World Tour, that included the iconic cone-shaped bra. 

There are also creations for other international stars such as Kylie Minogue and Beyonce. Other interesting pieces include the Samurai inspiration pieces, the Africa Collection and the Chic Rabbis from the early 1990s. The exhibition originally opened at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and it's scheduled to appear in Australia and Europe within 2014. It is currently hosted at the Brooklyn Museum until February 23rd. 
Jean Paul Gaultier Pierre et Gilles
Jean Paul Gaultier for Pierre et Gilles, La Vierge aux serpents with Kylie Minogue, 2008
Pierre et Gilles
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2007
“Apparitions” gown, Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007
Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2008
“La Mariée” wedding gown, Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2008
Alix Malka
Jean Paul Gaultier Madonna corset
Madonna during the Blonde Ambition World Tour, 1990
Jean Paul Gaultier Madonna corset
Corset worn by Madonna during the Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Christine Guest
Jean Paul Gaultier, Madona sketches
Sketch of Madonna’s stage costumes for the Blond Ambition World Tour
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 1984/85
Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992 wearing “Barbès” Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 1984/85
Paolo Roversi
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2000
“Dubar” gown, “Romantic India” Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000
Karl Lagerfeld
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 1991/92
“French Cancan”, Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 1991/92
Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element
Milla Jovovich in the movie The Fifth Element, 1997
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Pedro Almodóvar, Victoria Abril and Jean Paul Gaultier for the movie Kika, 1993
Working together for Kika, 1993: Pedro Almodóvar, Victoria Abril and Jean Paul Gaultier
Nacho Pinedo/Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier eau de toilette
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique eau de toilette
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2002
“Musette” ensemble, “Ze Parisienne” Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2002
Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier



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