The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Few days ago a fashion exhibition was inaugurated, dedicated to the Enfant Terrible of fashion, the French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk takes place at the Brooklyn Museum, displaying almost 140 of the designer’s haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles from the beginning until the latest collections. The show has been organized around seven different themes, which feature the most important influences that have had an impact on Gaultier. From Parisian street life to the world of cinema, the path starts with The Odyssey, continues with Punk Cancan, The Boudoir, Urban Jungle, Skin Deep and finishes with Metropolis. The exhibition is not only about garments, but also sketches, stage costumes, documentation of runway shows, concerts – how to forget the friendship with Madonna? – as well as images taken by both fashion photographers and contemporary artists.

To better recreate a striking atmosphere, interactive faces customize all the mannequins and make them look quite realistic. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier and curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA, the exhibit will last until the 23rd February, tracing the poetic yet transformative approach of one of the most avant-garde designers of our times.

Francesca Crippa