The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Coveteurs of couture, fans of fashion and pop-culture worshipers—the fifth floor of the Brooklyn Museum has been converted into a closet, filled with elaborate hand-made creations and prêt-à-porter pieces designed by one of the most iconic haute couturiers of our time: Jean Paul Gaultier. From now until February 23, wander through one of the most comprehensive fashion exhibits we’ve seen to date. Packed with everything from the designer’s signature corsets to his ubiquitous mens’ skirts, the 140-piece collection spans the decades of Gaultier’s career.
Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, are also abound in this avant-garde exhibit.
“Explore how Gaultier’s avant-garde designs challenged societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways,” implores the museum’s exhibition page. And we have to encourage the same—whether or not you’re style-savvy or fashion obsessed—this is history in the making.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.