The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.
Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first catwalk shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is arguably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. This theatrical installation of around 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments explores Gaultier's fashion world, from his witty and boundary-pushing designs to his ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference.
The exhibition includes costumes for film and performance including iconic pieces such as the conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar among others.
Designed as an installation rather than a conventional fashion retrospective, this theatrically staged exhibition presents pieces created between 1970 and now, many of which are on show in Britain for the first time. It features over 30 custom-made mannequins wearing remarkable wigs and headdresses by Odile Gilbert, founder of the Atelier 68 in Paris, that come alive with interactive faces, surprising visitors with their lifelike presence.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
9 April 2014 - 25 August 2014
Art Gallery, Barbican, London