Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk which opens at Brooklyn Museum October 25, features140 pieces of ready-to-wear clothing, stage costumes, sketches, videos and more from Gaultier’s vast archive since his career kicked off in the 1970s.
In an interview to Blouin Artinfo, Loriot said: “Gaultier always refused to have a retrospective because it might look like a funeral for him. In fact it seems as if he won’t retire! He’s the only one left in Paris who does men’s, women’s and haute couture collections. He still has a lot to say and is super involved in all his collections. So this is more like a contemporary installation. What Gaultier did — and continues to do — for contemporary fashion is so fascinating.”
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, the exhibition will be organized into seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development — from the streets of Paris to the cinema. Of course, all the iconic works are there: the cone bra Madonna donned for her Blond Ambition Tour 1990; the man-skirts from the 1980s; the bandage dress (if you could call it that) from The Fifth Element (1997); and not to mention countless versions of corsets through the years.
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