Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition and Talk
The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first comprehensive exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London, devoted to the celebrated French couturier. Dubbed fashions enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first catwalk shows in the 1970’s Jean Paul Gaultier is arguably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. His avant-garde fashions have continually reflected the issues of a multicultural society, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic conventions.
Influenced by the worlds myriad cultures countercultures, Gaultier has consistently picked up on current trends and proclaimed the right to be different. In the process he has conceived a new kind of fashion in the way it is both made and worn. He subverts fashion codes and combines diverse traditions by means of twists, transformations and reinterpretations, thereby erasing the boundaries between cultures and the sexes.
Underneath Gaultier’s wit and irreverence lies a true generosity of spirit as well as a powerful message for society. Beyond the technical virtuosity demanded by haute couture, his unbridled imagination, and pioneering artistic collaborations, Gaultier above all offers an open-minded vision a crazy, sensitive, funny sassy world.