Barbican Art Gallery, London,
9 April-25 August 2014.
The first major exhibition devoted to the French designer features extraordinary couture and gender-challenging ready-to-wear alongside runway and photographic collaborations with iconic image-makers.
Long known as the enfant terrible of fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier trained under couturier Pierre Cardin and at the house of Patou, before launching his independent line in 1976. He made his unofficial haute couture debut in June 1996 with Couture Man – a collection designed, with characteristic irreverence, for men.
This theatrically staged presentation includes more than 140 items from the 1970s to the present day. At Barbican the exhibition will feature additional material that expresses Gaultier’s close ties to London. As the designer has said: ‘I feel closer to the streets of London than the streets of Paris…In London I get my energy.’
Curated by Nathalie Bondil and Thierry-Maxime Loriot in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, designed by Projectiles.
The Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Street to the Stars is published by Abrams.
See other books on Jean Paul Gaultier at amazon.co.uk.
Jean Paul Gaultier. Photograph © Rainer Torrado.
The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue), 2008. Photograph © Pierre et Gilles, courtesy Gallery Jérome de Noimont, Paris.
Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2007. Photograph © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.