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Oct 25 - Feb 23

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 11238-6053, USA
  • Jean Paul Gaultier. © Rainer Torrado

  • “Apparitions” gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Virgins (or Madonnas)” women’s haute couture spring-summer collection of 2007. “Celestial” print satin strapless sheath; bustier-style top with “hologram” embroidery and bows; ivory silk tulle overskirt; “hologram” and ivory lace veil. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

  • Karl Lagerfeld (German, b. 1935). Untitled (Alek Wek) Numéro, March 2000. “Dubar” gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Romantic India” women’s spring-summer haute couture collection of 2000. Camouflage evening gown featuring myriad khaki, cinnamon, and papaya tulle ruffles. © Karl Lagerfeld


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Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier definitely needs no introduction. The celebrated French designer with the amazing career behind him is a reference point for the fashion conscious crowd and one of the most famous couturiers of all times. From the iconic Madonna corsets to his surreal catwalks and his costumes for Pedro Almodovar’s films, Gaultier’s cutting edge creations have gained him international fame and many avid admirers all over the world. We are sure that many of you would agree with us that it was about time a major museum dedicated a retrospective to his work, offering to all of his fans the experience to have an overall view of his career and watch in person his superbly crafted garments. So, you can imagine our enthusiasm when we found out that the Brooklyn Museum decided to be one of the venues hosting The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the international exhibition dedicated to the enfant terrible of the French fashion scene that has previously been displayed in Madrid or Stockholm.

As the curators point out, this multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes (The Odyssey, The Boudoir, Muses, Punk Cancan, Skin Deep, Metropolis, Urban Jungle) tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections.

Moreover, accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways. This spectacular overview of Gaultier’s extensive oeuvre will include exclusive material not exhibited in previous venues of the tour, such as pieces from his recent haute couture and ready-to-wear collections and stage costumes worn by Beyoncé. A definite no miss for all the fashion lovers and design addicts out there!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.