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).

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Name: Kissing in Traffic


It’s a: Fashion Showroom and Art Gallery


Opened: Stoke Newington High Street


Who’s behind it: an entrepreneur and enlightened self made woman and fashion designer, Jade Moss


Did you know: everyday a new range of designs on the shop floor


Location: Stoke Newington


Address: 155 Stoke Newington High Street




Contact: +44 7904541269



Camden based Fashion label Kissing in Traffic has just opened a new shop. This colourful and flamboyant fashion showroom brings a new and stylish deal in the emerging area Stoke Newington. The owner is Jade Moss, a successful entrepreneur and fashion designer who started her business when she was only 17, travelling around the world from India to Mexico, looking for unique fabrics for her garments. The new challenge now is a shop in Stokey, a rising borough of artists, designers and musicians that over the last few years has been absorbing the latest trends of the East End.


From tartan to floral, fluffy and fluorescent jumpers and quirky mini dresses, the shop offers a wide range of unique items, with a distinctive vintage touch. Kissing in Traffic garments are displayed at the front of the store, while the rest of the shop is for independent labels (now fashion items by polish designer Beata Gunzinska are on display New samples and items are displayed everyday on the shop floor in order to check what the customers prefer most. The workshop, where the Kissing in Traffic fashion team usually work and sew the garments, is based in the shop’s basement.

Art can inspire fashion and vice versa. The shop’s walls are decorated with artworks and illustrations from young and established artists, rotated every month. A colourful art gallery is surely an endless source of inspiration for the Kissing in Traffic fashion crew.


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A metaphorical journey into the 60s’ ‘Swinging London‘ and beyond: this is the main essence of Bailey ‘s Stardust, which opened last February at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Nearly three hundred portraits selected by David Bailey and reproduced in black and white on the occasion of the exhibition.


Actors, fashion icons, models, designers, artists, filmmakers in silver gelatin print with a distinctive and flamboyant vintage touch, (Mike Jagger, Kate Moss, Damon Albarn and Francis Bacon).


The main theme of the exhibition is ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust’, the endless life and death’s dualism. Bailey ‘s Stardust epitomises the sparkling life of the showbiz and has been drawing a wide audience made up of neophytes, professional photographers and fashion lovers. Peculiar.

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(Images courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London)




Bailey ‘s Stardust

6 February – 5 June 2014

National Portrait Gallery

St Martin ‘s Place

London WC2H 0HE

Telephone number: 020 7306 0055

Ticket: £ 16

Opening hours: Open every day from 10 to 18 . Thursday and Friday until 21 pm

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Hello, my name is Paul Smith

 The eclecticism between Fashion and Art on display at the Design Museum in London

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(Photographs courtesy of the press office of the Design Museum )

It is a universe of beauty, spark, creative twist and genius which is currently on display at the Design Museum.

Fashion, and much more. this is the essence of Paul Smith‘s brand, an inspired and always creative artist which is framed with a brilliant and comprehensive exhibition on the banks of the London Thames.

The first room of the exhibition is devoted to the beginnings of the British designer’s first tailoring: a tiny room of only nine square meters that accurately reproduces his first fashion shop in Byrd Lane, in the English town of Nottingham. ‘Paul Smith, vetement pour homme’ is his first trial, a small shop which was open only on Friday and Saturday with the money earned with freelance jobs.

Photographs, sketches, colourful moodboards and colour palettes enrich the exhibition, sealing the creative and a bit mad geniality of Paul Smith. Versatile artist with unlimited inspirations, he seems to epitomise the Niezsche’s child with naïve echoes. The British designer is an example of a perfect blend of classic minimalist style and eclecticism of inspiration.

A room is a reproduction of his London private office, full of objects he usually uses as a continuous source of inspiration. Oil colours, watercolours, books, clothes and dolls to remind the audience that the British brand is far from the idea of fashion as something merely frivolous.

Smith personally is usually to choose fabrics and materials that will be used for the creation of fashion collections. Smith follows with professionalism and attention the selection of building materials and furnishings for the creation of his elegant studios around the world.

“Literally anything can spark off an idea”, says the British artist who personally oversees the creation of each and every fashion store. The artist usually personalises his stores around the world (London, Milan, Shanghai, Los Angeles) with a team of architects and designers.

The designer began his first experiments in Nottingham helped by his wife Pauline Denyer. The first atelier was set up in a hotel suite in Paris in 1976 and the collection included only six shirts, two jumpers and two suits. A three-dimensional reproduction of cardboard in black and white has been placed in the exhibition to draw the viewer into the Paul Smith’s story, from the very beginning.

Today, the Paul Smith brand is well renowned all over the world, with a thriving market that finds popularly in distant lands such as Japan. Anticipating the upcoming shows in London and Paris, take a look at his collections, ‘classic with a twist’.