French for innovation
HE has designed costumes for Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Beyonce, while Nicole Kidman is among the list to wear his haute couture.
Now those visiting Melbourne this summer can get a close up look at the unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is showing until February 8 at the National Gallery of Victoria, organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, and gives Australians the only chance to see the exhibition on home soil.
The innovative exhibition features more than 140 Gaultier garments with photos, sketches, stage costumes, runway show excerpts, film, television, concerts and dance performances.
The overview of Gaultier’s oeuvre begins with the first dress created by the designer in 1971 through to his 2014 couture and is presented within the themes of Odyssey, The Boudoir, Punk Cancan, Skin Deep, Metropolis, Urban Jungle and Muses.
Anyone in Melbourne at the end of the week can experience NGV’s Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier, which combines the exhibition with music performances, talks, bars and dining.
Kylie Minogue wears a costume designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.