Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the de Young, San Francisco

1. Cages collection, Calligraphie gown haute couture fall/winter 2008-2009. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier  2. Fishnet tights, Parisiennes collection haute couture fall/winter 2010-2011. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier  3. Gaultier Paris lace label for haute couture. © Jean Paul Gaultier

Known for his seductive and androgynous collections, French couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier has created a world that defies social and cultural boundaries. His surreal garments have been worn by music superstars from Marilyn Manson and Kylie Minogue to Madonna (JPG famously created the cone bra and other ensembles for her iconic Blonde Ambition tour). He also is a favorite of film directors, including Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Besson and Peter Greenaway, and no less than Andy Warhol deemed his creations true art. Now, a multimedia exhibition, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Showcasing 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs form the last 35 years as well as his collaborations with prominent filmmakers, choreographers and musicians, the exhibition also features 30 mannequins who alternately sing and talk. “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” is on display until the 19th of August.

4. Perou, Dita Von Teese, Flaunt, 2003 Buttons collection, “Circé” ensemble haute couture spring/summer 2003. © Perou  5. Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, “Lumière” gown haute couture spring/summer 2007. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier


6. First collection, women’s pret-a-porter spring/summer 1977. 30th anniversary runway show, October 2006. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier  7. Emil Larsson, Body corset worn by Madonna, Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990. Dazed & Confused, April 2008. © Emil Larsson  8. Jean Paul Gaultier’s teddy bear, Nana, wearing the first cone bra. © Rainer Torrado/ Jean Paul Gaultier  9. Dada collection, women’s prêt-à-porter spring/summer 1983, 30th anniversary retrospective runway show, October 2006. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier  10. Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992 Barbès collection Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985 Digital print © Paolo Roversi

11. Pierre et Gilles, The Virgin with the Serpents (Kylie Minogue), 2008 Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, “Auréole” gown Haute couture spring/summer 2007.  Painted photograph, framed by the artists, 181 x 137 cm (framed), Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, © Pierre et Gilles. Courtesy Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.  12. Pierre et Gilles, Jean Paul Gaultier, 1990. Painted photograph, framed by the artists, 112 x 92 cm (framed). Private collection, Paris © Pierre et Gilles/Rainer Torrado