Planet Gaultier

Exactly 10 days ago, Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts opened Jean Paul Gaultier’s biggest show.

His first retrospective exhibition pictures the kaleidoscopic imagination between classic and eccentric, traditional and rock influences, the mixing and redefining roles of both sexes.

With his heart between London and Paris, he was pioneer in introducing high tech materials, recicling and “men’s couture”. He has been collabborating with many artists along the way: Depeche Mode, Beyoncé, Nirvana, Peter Greenaway, Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Besson and, of course, Madonna (among many, many others).

Not so well konwned, but not less impressive, his work with contemporary choreographers like Régine Chopinot, Angelin Preljocaj, Karole Armitage, Maurice Béjart and Joaquin Cortés.

 


Groundbreaking and familiar to collaborating with artists in so manuy fields, he could not stop to surprise us, displaying his clothes in manequins with “real live faces”.

The special technique of projecting video onto a three-dimensional mask, with the actor’s own video image projected onto his or her sculpted head, was created  by Denis Marleau and UBU, his Montreal theatre company.

We can also see many pictures and videos (many of them unreleased until now), collaborations of Gaultier with some of the most influential fashion photographers of our times: Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Robert Doisneau, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Pierre et Gilles, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Ellen von Unwerth, Bettina Rheims, among others.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk can be seen in the MMFA until October 2.

It will then go to Dallas, San Francisco, (be still my heart…!!) Madrid and Rotterdam.

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