Via Brooklyn Museum
Today, Jean Paul Gaultier debuts “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to Catwalk” at the Brooklyn Museum. This is the first international exhibit of the designer’s work. Showcasing about 140 ensembles from haute couture and prêt-à-porter lines the designer has built since the 1970s, the show is organized around seven themes outlining his influences from Parisian streets to cinema. The show is meant to be a living, interactive spectacle with custom-built mannequins that have high-definition audiovisual projections displayed on the faces, according to the museum’s website.
The designer is famous for his international influences, gender-bending aesthetic and his breathtaking costume designs. Gaultier designed the stage costumes for the Madonna’s 1989-90 Blond Ambition World Tour including the iconic cone-shaped bra. The exhibit includes a display of Nana, Gaultier’s childhood teddy bear, with his first conception of the bra using newsprint as material. The collection also includes designs worn by international superstars such as Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue and costumes for movies by directors as prominent as Pedro Almodóvar. Gaultier also did costumes for visually breathtaking movies such as The Fifth Element.
The exhibit originally opened at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and is scheduled to appear in Australia and possibly Europe. For now, it will be at the Brooklyn Museum until February 23rd of next year, according to Elle. Catch a glimpse of the collection along with a video directed by Stéphane Sednaou and featuring Karlie Kloss at the Brooklyn Museum website.