The Brooklyn Museum is the Only East Coast Venue Presenting the Exhibition on the Innovative Work of the Celebrated French Fashion Designer, October 25, 2013, through February 23, 2014.
The Brooklyn Museum will be the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The critically acclaimed touring show, already seen by half a million people, spans the Paris-based designer’s 37-year career and includes iconic examples never before exhibited. The Brooklyn presentation will include new material not shown in the previous venues, including ensembles from his recent runway shows.
Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, started the project with the ambition of creating an exhibition about Jean Paul Gaultier because of his great humanity, his open- minded vision of society where everyone can be proud and distinctive because of his/her own identity, as much as for his technical virtuosity and the imagination of his creations.
This dynamic, multimedia contemporary installation devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier explores in depth his fashion themes of equality, diversity, and avant-garde daring through more than 140 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments for both men and women. It also features film, dance, and concert costumes, including the conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour and 2006 Confessions Tour, costumes from the films of Pedro Almodóvar and The Fifth Element, and photographs by Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Herb Ritts, and Mario Testino, among others. Video and television clips are featured as well. Other archival material includes sketches. The material on display dates from the mid 1970s to 2012.
Since his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier remains one of the most important fashion designers of the 20th century and the millennium. Distinctly different from traditional couture, his avant- garde designs demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues and preoccupations of today’s multi- cultural society.
A part of the costumes for Madonna by Jean-Paul Gaultier will be presented in the "Boudoir" ...
The Boudoir Reveals the designer's fascination with and transformation of lingerie. It features trailblazing His arms and conical corsets made for Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.
In Conversation: Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry-Maxime Loriot - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7 p.m...
Jean Paul Gaultier creates sophisticated, bold, and exquisitely-crafted fashions that embrace diverse cultures and reflect an inclusive sense of beauty. Join Gaultier and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts curator of the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, for an illuminating conversation about the designer’s life and career, from his childhood and first collections in the 1970s to his most recent runway shows.
Entrance is free for Museum Members at the Friend level and higher, and $20 for non-Members and Members below the Friend level. Space is limited and reservations are required, limited to two tickets per Member. Members may register by calling the Membership Hotline at (718) 501-6326, or by email. Tickets can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. The exhibition opens to the general public on Friday, October 25, at 11 a.m. Members are invited to preview the exhibition on Thursday, October 24, 1–10 p.m.
The exhibition is accompanied by the first major monograph on the French designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to the Sidewalk, published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the direction of Thierry-Maxime Loriot. This 424-page catalogue contains over 550 illustrations and photographs. It includes an interview with Valerie Steele, Director of New York’s Museum of FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as an essay by Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, that examines the enduring style of Jean Paul Gaultier. Also featured are 50 interviews, including two with Jean Paul Gaultier and others with artists and designers he has collaborated with, from Madonna to Pierre Cardin, and key film directors. The designer’s mentors and colleagues are interviewed, along with his muses and those for whom he has created costumes, including Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Helen Mirren, Tom Ford, Dita Von Teese, Martin Margiela, and Boy George. Unpublished sketches, along with never-before-seen images by famed art and fashion photographers, can also be found in the catalogue.
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