The traveling exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk stopped at the Brooklyn Museum.
Gaultier, often referred to as “the Bad Boy of fashion,” has put together a multimedia exhibition featuring over 140 pieces from the beginning of his career to his most recent work. Many of the ensembles are displayed on custom made mannequins that feature interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projectors.
The exhibit features more than just clothing and accessories. It also showcases sketches, stage costumes used by artists such as Madonna, film excerpts, runway shows, concert performances, dance performances, and photographs taken by both fashion photographers and artists who have collaborated with the designer.
The designers’ penchant for avant-garde design is on full display in this exhibit. The garments are superbly crafted and detailed. The photographs range from colorfully designed faces to a collection of black and white angels. The museum walls have been covered in graffiti displaying the designers name and his love for art and color usage. There are also spinning mannequins on a platform. The French designer displays his range in this exhibit and I would recommend it to lovers of both fashion and art.
The exhibition is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris and is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. Loriot, a former fashion model, was once turned down for an ad campaign by Jean Paul Gaultier himself. He told us, “There are no taboos or boundaries with Gautier. Any size, any color, any gender: you are all welcome in his world.” After visiting this exhibition, I understand exactly what he meant.
This exhibit is now en route to London, where it will open at the Barbican on April 9th. Try to catch it.