Enfant terrible of the French fashion scene, Jean Paul Gaultier shaped the look of fashion for over 35 years. From man skirts to Madonna’s now iconic conical corset and the perfume Le Mâle to using unconventional models for his shows, Jean Paul Gaultier left his stamp on the fashion world.
The exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Barbican covers more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments, like Madonna’s conical corset, Kylie Minogue’s stage costumes as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element.
Not only work of Jean Paul Gaultier is showcased his collaborations with artists and photographers such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Stéphane Sednaoui, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol can also be found.
After being showcased in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Stockholm (Sweden) and New York (US), The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is now coming to London. For images taken of the installation at the Rotterdam exhibition see here.
Barbican (9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014)
Art After Hours Thu–Fri: 10am–9pm
Bank Holidays: 12pm–6pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS.
Image above: Jean Paul Gaultier The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue), 2008 Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, “Auréole” gown. Haute couture spring/summer 2007 Sky blue pleated tulle gown with “rays of light” gold lame appliqués, long panels floating from the shoulders in the back Painted photograph, framed by the artists 181 x 137 cm (framed) Gallerie Jérome de Noimont, Paris © Pierre et Giles. Courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris.
Jean Paul Gaultier Virgins (or Madonnas) collection “Lumière” gown. Haute couture spring/summer 2007. Black and stained glass print jersey and chiffon gown with cape-style sleeve. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.
Jean Paul Gaultier. Body corset worn by Madonna, Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990. Dazed & Confused, April 2008. © Emil Larsson.
Jean Paul Gaultier. Jean Paul Gaultier, 1990. Designed specially to illustrate the cover of the autobiographical photonovel À Nous Deux la mode. Painted photograph, framed by the artists. Private collection, Paris. © Pierre et Giles/Rainer Torrado.