2010 November 19

Massive Jean Paul Gaultier Retrospective Planned for 2011

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(NEW YORK) Jean Paul Gaultier is celebrating 35 influential years in the industry with a new exhibit launching on June 17th at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will showcase about 120 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces for women and men from 1976 to 2010.

The exhibition celebrates the designer’s multi and counter-cultural design aesthetic and is divided into five sections: “Paris,” “Fusions” “Multi-Gender,” “Eurotrash/X- Rated” and “Metropolis.” In addition to the clothes, museum goers will also get the chance to explore the designer’s many collaborations. Throughout the years he’s combined forces with filmmakers Peter Greenaway, Luc Besson, Caro and Jeunet, and Pedro Almodóvar. In the dance world he’s worked with choreographers Maurice Béjart, Angelin Preljocaj and Régine Chopinot. Gaultier’s also made an impact with both French and American musicians from Yvette Horner, Les Rita Mitsouko to Madonna, Kylie Minogue and how could we forget Lady Gaga?

The exhibit will hit the U.S. next year when it comes to the Dallas Museum of Art from November 13th to February 12th, and San Francisco’s de Young Museum from March 24th to August 29th. Nathalie Bondil, MMFA’s director and chief curator lead the project with the help of Thierry-Maxime Loriot and fashion historian Florence Müller.

While the looks in the exhibit are not for sale, you can pick up a copy of the MMFA’s book to celebrate the event. The 425 page volume boasts 500 pictures and interviews with stars like Madonna, Pedro Almodóvar, Catherine Deneuve, Farida Khelfa, Martin Margiela, Pierre Cardin and Dita Von Teese. You’ll also find an essay by The New York Times’ Susy Menkes and 2 interviews with the designer himself. Valerie Steele, fashion historian and director of FIT makes a cameo in the pages as well.

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