Fashion’s “Enfant Terrible” at the Grand Palais

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Last week, while I was going to the Art Paris Art Fair, my face instantly changed expression when I saw Jean-Paul Gaultier’s giant portrait outside of the Grand Palais… He’s here!

As a fashion museums lover, I’ve been waiting for this stunning exhibition for months, because I love Gaultier’s personality, and I’m sure that this exhibition will not fail my expectations.

Since his early years, Gaultier became attached to fashion as his only passion: he started to experiment and to invent fashion pieces by putting cone bras made with papers and pins on his teddy bear as an early inspiration taken from American musicals and Parisian fashion magazines. Isn’t he lovely?

Instead of studying design at a fashion school, Gaultier started to draw on his own at a very young age and, at the age of 17 he sent his sketches to all the famous Parisian fashion houses. After 3 years spent between Pierre Cardin, Jacques Esterel and Jean Patou’s atéliers, he started his own company in 1976, at the age of 24. Gaultier gained a lot of success and notoriety only in the early 1980s: thanks to his gay-friendly attitude towards fashion and towards the perception of creativity as a free moment of an artist’s mind, he dressed his male models like girls, re-invented the sexes and fashion in every collection to provoke and entertain his audience. Gaultier’s work delved in the sexuality of the 1980s and broke down genders and traditions in the era of the advent of AIDS, when people became aware of the sexual revolution. And the rest is history

The exhibition shows unreleased pieces made by the French creator between the 1970s and 2013 and it also includes sketches, theatre and ballet’s costumes, videos and films dedicated to the enfant terrible de la mode.

The exposition is realized by the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. Also, the exhibition’s book (buy it, it’s amazing) is curated by Suzy Menkes, one of Gaultier’s most supportive journalists.

Jean Paul Gaultier – Exposition / April 1st-August 3 / Grand Palais

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