The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk

The first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, Jean Paul Gaultier, with his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years.

This theatrically staged exhibition brings together more than 190 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day.

The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element.

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Stéphane Sednaoui, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol are also shown together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films, dance performances and Gaultier’s cult television show Eurotrash.

Also featuring is British artist Annie Kevans  who has been commissioned by exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot to create a series of works depicting Jean Paul Gaultier’s 30 muses, as well as 2 paintings of Jean Paul Gaultier himself.

jean paul gaultier and Boy George by Annie Kevans

JPG and Boy George

David Bowie and Madonna by Annie Kevans

David Bowie & Madonna by Annie Kevans

Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse by Annie Kevans

Kate Moss & Amy Winehouse by Annie Kevans

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk Barbican Art Gallery, London Exhibition dates: 9 April – 25 August 2014.

Price: Standard tickets £14.50. 

Then to the National Galleries of Victoria in Melbourne (17th October 2014 – 8th February 2015) and Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais in Paris (1st April – 3rd August 2015).

READ MORE ABOUT Jean Paul Gaultier

READ A fabulous REVIEW of the exhibition here

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