Besides the now iconic cone bra’s he outfitted Madonna for in the early 90’s, the highly controversial Hasidic-inspired collection for Fall 1993 and the many in-your-face ethnic influenced collections ripe with rigorous tailoring that have followed, fashion’s original enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier, will forever be a designer who’s done much more than that in our books.
Long before today’s mega names associated with showmanship like John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, there was Gaultier. From indigenous garb to religious connotations to hi-camp athleticism, Gaultier has dazzled the fashion world with a heady tour de force of provocative, imaginative creations brought to life with a hearty dose of brazen wit and fierce execution. Possessing the kind of game changing substance that informs one on the sublime delicacies that high French fashion will always dish up.
And although Montreal, where a major retrospective of his work: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” opened earlier this year, was closer to us New York City residents at FoS, we’re glad to see it debut in fashion-loving Dallas on November 13th as it arrives stateside.
It represents the Dallas Museum of Art’s first foray into the art of contemporary fashion, and the first multimedia museum exhibition of one of the most culturally-influential designers of our time.
November is also the publishing date for the 424-page exhibition catalogue, which features interviews with Gaultier friends, colleagues, and muses including Pedro Almodóvar, Madonna, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Catherine Deneuve, Carine Roitfeld, Boy George, Marion Cotillard, Pierre et Gilles, Helen Mirren, Dita Von Teese, Tom Ford, and Victoria Abril, among others.
If we were in Dallas between November 13th & February 12th, we’d definitely jump on the chance to catch this event but we’ll be patient as we are looking forward to Miuccia Prada, another patron saint of ours, who’s about to steal the spotlight at a major show dedicated to her work this spring at the Met. –Naveed Hussain
“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” photo gallery: