The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

 

When: 9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014

Where: Art Gallery – Barbican London

Who’s behind: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean-Paul Gaultier

 Into the mind and creativity of one of the most remarkable fashion designers of the 20th century

This new exhibition at the Barbican brings together more than 140 design items created by the French genius in more than a decade of artistic inspiration. In fact Jean-Paul Gaultier is probably one of the most eclectic and iconic fashion designers over the last three decades.

The leitmotiv of the exhibition is the childish and always impressed creative twists of the French designer. The exhibitions includes quirky dresses and outfits taken from the world of pop music, including the famous iconic bra and corsets worn by American Pop Star Madonna during her flamboyant 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour .

There is plenty of British and London 70’s inspiration in Gaultier’s design garments. Inspired by 70’s vintage street style, Gaultier has recently declared his never-ending  love for British lifestyle. For this reason a section of the exhibition is dedicated to the world of Brit Punk. The room called Punky Cancan is entirely dedicated to the cheerful and prolific meeting between punkish British style garments with the French and posh haute couture. Ripped checked kilts and tartan shirts are gently and cleverly mixed up with French-inspired ball gowns and elegant suits. Combining the love for the couture with the British lifestyle is peculiar for him.

Plenty of raw talent, the France born designer never attended a fashion school. He was only 17 when he started sending his drawings to famous haute couture stylist. In 1970 Pierre Cardin hired him as an assistant and this event marked the beginning of a prolific journey for the enfant terrible of the fashion. 

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(Images courtesy of Barbican Press Office –  © Matthew Lloyd / Getty images).

Giuliana Patrone

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