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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier - The Barbican

Exhibition preview

THE Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first major exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, the celebrated French couturier, will be on display in the Barbican Art gallery from April 9 to August 25, 2014.

With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 35 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history.

Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.

This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 180 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day.

The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element.

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Herb Ritts, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol are also shown together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films, dance performances and Gaultier’s cult television show Eurotrash.

Times: Saturday to Wednesday, 10am – 6pm; Art After Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10am – 9pm; Bank Holidays: 12pm – 6pm.

The Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS