|An outfit from Jean Paul Gaultier's first women's pret-a-porter Spring/Summer 1977 collection at the 30th annual runway show in 2006. Photo by Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.|
|Agnyss Deyn and Jean Paul Gaultier for the Ma Dame perfume campaign. Photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.|
Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion world is illustrated by sketches, stage costumes, film excerpts, runway shows, concerts, videos, dance performances and television programs. Many of Gaultier's artistic collaborations are also explored: in film (Pedro Almodovar, Peter Greenaway, Luc Besson, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and contemporary dance (Angelin Preljocaj, Regine Chopinot and Maurice Bejart) and popular music (notably Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and Madonna, whose friendship with Gaultier has led her to graciously lend two iconic corsets from her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour).
The walk-through of the exhibit showcases "The Fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier" in six organized thematic galleries:
THE ODYSSEY OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Throughout the exhibit, visitors will encounter 30 talking, hand-crafted mannequins whose faces are brought to life by projected video images. These models dressed by Gaultier, soliloquize, observe in silence and sometimes break into song and flirty whistles. The special technique of projecting video onto a three-dimensional form combines technology and craft, with the actor's own video image projected onto the sculpted head. Quebec director Denis Marleau's theatre company created the mannequins, whose quirky, poetic, joyful and provocative presence capture the spirit of the exhibit. The mannequins are based on models and performers Eve Salvail, Francisco Randez, Melissa Auf der Maur, Virginie Coosa and Suzie Leblanc, who each contribute something of their own artistic process to the fascinating fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier.
The exhibit is a must see into the creative and talented world of Jean Paul Gaultier. With a keen interest in all the world's cultures and countercultures, Gaultier has picked up on the current trends and proclaimed the right to be different, and in the process conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through provocation, transformations and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures, religions and the sexes, but creates a new androgyny of faith, propriety and modern life.
"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" will be at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, from March 24 through August 19, 2012. Additional details on the exhibit can be found on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco website.