Monday, 2 May 2011

fashion's enfant terrible retrospective

JPG's portrait,  photo © Jean Baptiste Mondino
Jean Paul Gaultier is undoubtedly the enfant terrible of
fashion and during the last three decades his deeds made
his name synonymous with unbridled creativity as 
well an idiosyncratic multicultural aesthetics.
The acclaimed French couturier launched his first
prêt-à-porter collection back in 1976 and founded 
his own couture house in Paris in 1997.

'Les Hussardes' collection, AW 2002-3, photo © Patrice Stable/JPG
JPG succeeds in capturing the mood of the time with
original creations always able to reflect social and cultural
issues through his curiosity about all cultures and most
of all counter-cultures designing excellent haute couture
and RTW garments for both men and women.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will host his first 
multimedia retrospective called “The Fashion World of 
Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” 
marking the 35th anniversary of his successful career.

'Les Actrices' collection, AW 2009-10, photo © Patrice Stable/JPG
'French Cancan' collection AW 1991-92, photo © Patrice Stable/JPG
JPG's “fusion couture” exhibition will feature 120 ensembles,
mainly from the designer's couture collections created between
1976 and 2010 (most are never-exhibited-before) together
with sketches, stage costumes, snippets from catwalk shows
as well videos, dance perfomances and even TV programmes.
Celebrating the boldness of Gaultier's vision, the exhibition
will be divided into five sections: 'Paris', 'Fusions', 'Metropolis',
'Multi-gender' and 'Eurotrash/X-Rated' exploring JPG's
connections with music and movies superstars such as
Madonna, Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Besson, Peter Greenway,
Maurice Béjart and Regine Chopinot among many others.

'Les Indes Galantes' collection SS 2000, photo © Patrice Stable/JPG
'Les Vierges' collection SS 2007,  photo © Patrice Stable/JPG
After the MMFA presentation, running from June 17 to
October 2, the exhibition will travel to Dallas Museum of Art
and San Francisco's de Young Museum with a massive
400-plus page catalogue featuring exclusive interviews
with JPG's colleagues and friends of the jet-set society.
His open-minded vision of fashion as well his exceptional
expertise will be spotlighted as never before.

Une avalanche de félicitations JPG!

'La Vierge aux Serpents' (Kylie Minogue), 2008
© Pierre et Gilles/Galerie Jérome de Noirmont, Paris


  1. love him <3

  2. Dearest Elisabetta,

    Indeed, JPG has come a long way. I did study fashion when he was still young but always provocative and he was quite an inventer of new styles and fabrics. Quite an icon indeed and that for so long!

    Lots of love,


  3. He's a star. I don't know if I'd wear his designs, but he is definitely a great designer