Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk @ Brooklyn Museum #Gaultier

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Jean Paul Gaultier is a fashion industry veteran and icon. Since his debut collection in 1976, the French designer has steadfastly challenged fashion norms with his avant-garde masterpieces and theatrical designs. Madonna’s iconic cone bra is arguably Gaultier’s most recognized work of art.

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Madonna’s cone bra by Jean Paul Gaultier:
Blond Ambiition Tour (1990) + The MDNA World Tour (2012)

Gaultier’s imprint on the fashion and art world goes beyond Madonna’s conical bra. He designs memorable creations for top celebrities, was at the helm of Hermès from 2003 – 2010 and the third designer in Target’s Designer Collaborations series.

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Since 2011, Jean Paul Gaultier’s exhibition — The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk — has toured the world. Gaultier’s exhibit debuted in Montreal and its most recent stop was at Arkitekturmuseet (Museum of Architecture) in Stockholm, Sweden. Today, October 25th, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalkk comes to Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY. BK Museum is the third US stop on the tour and the only East Coast venue housing the exhibition.

This dynamic, multimedia contemporary installation devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier explores in depth his fashion themes of equality, diversity, and avant-garde daring through more than 140 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments for both men and women. It also features film, dance, and concert costumes, including the conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour and 2006 Confessions Tour, costumes from the films of Pedro Almodóvar and The Fifth Element, and photographs by Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Herb Ritts, and Mario Testino, among others. Video and television clips are featured as well. Other archival material includes sketches. The material on display dates from the mid 1970s to 2012.

Brooklyn Museum Press Release

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition follows the evolution of Gaultier, from his days as Pierre Cardin’s assistant to present-day Gaultier. The six themes are The Odyssey of John Paul Gaultier, The Boudoir, Skin Dee, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle & Metropolis.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
October 25, 2013 — February 23, 2014
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Admission is free for museum members and $8-17 for non-members (students with valid ID and senior citizens will receive the discounted ticket price). Visit the BrooklynMuseum.org site for more details.

Here’s a cool video, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier, that gives a sneak peek of the Exhibition!

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