He had them all. He seduced Kylie Minogue, Dita von Teese, Naomi Campbell and he was in bed with Madonna. There is hardly anyone, he didn’t work with. He was allowed to dress them up, he created stage costumes und made all those singers, models and artists to unforgettable stars. He made the impossible possible.
When I hear his name, my first association is: Madonna. I hope you guess who I mean.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Yes, I am sure you remember the outfit, too. This completely crazy outfit Madonna has worn at her “Blond Ambition World Tour”. During she was lolling on a bed, each man was crazy, each women thought by herself WHAT A CRAZY OUTFIT. Of course, Jean Paul Gaultier was the creator of this incredible costume. It’s unforgettable.
But it’s not only this outfit which is part of the fashion history. Jean Paul Gaultier twiddled with subcultures, entered the pop culture and made himself a popstar. Men wear his skirts and he designed the new marine look.
Now the Kunsthalle München dedicates this magnificent designer and artist its own exhibition. Of course this exhibition was shown at first in Paris. More than 420.000 visitors saw his unique dresses. More than 140 outfits are exhibited. I am a little bit sad. Hamburg is so far away from Munich. Hope someone of you can visit this exhibition!
Gaultier’s close cooperation with artists like Pierre et Gilles, Peter Lindbergh, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol is presented in a wide range of artistic and documentary film material, videos and photographs. The show is not a mere fashion retrospective but a poetic contemporary installation: with the strong social message we find in Gaultier’s work, the exhibition embraces various arts and reflects his spirit in an opulent extravaganza.
Behind the scene
#museum | Kunsthalle München
#exhibition | Jean Paul Gaultier. From the sidewalk to the catwalk
#until | 14. February 2016