The exhibition displays 140 pieces of garments by the designer from his early punk days in the 70s. The exhibition has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world to experience the liveliness of the designer’s creative output; from the first dress he created in 1971, the launch of his debut prét-å-porter collection in 1976 to his most recent haute couture collection are featured in the exhibition. The exhibition revolves around seven themes following the influences, passions and obsessions of Gaultier. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts, film footage, runway shows and illustrations are shown in the exhibition.
Jean Paul Gaultier grew up in Arcueil, Val-de-Marine, France as an only child. Gaultier has made himself a name for being someone who initiates trends and not a follwer. He is not someone who has learned fashion from a fashion school; he is self-taught and self-financed. The designer was obsessed with fashion and sketching as a teenager. His grandmother’s corsets amazed him. He learned to sew form his grandmother who was a nurse and also read tarots. He created vampire themed bridal wear, bondage cone bras that Madonna made famous in the 90s and skirts for men.
Gaultier’s illustrations strongly rejects the norms and limitations stipulated by the industry and greater society.
This bold designer’s unconventional approach to fashion made the entire industry look at him with awe. His fearless recreations to celebrate the odds of fashion has resulted in iconic moments; Madonna’s cone bra, elevating rubber trench coats, placing all kinds of ethnicities on the runway, blurring the lines between gender, revealing people in all shapes and all sizes, marking the socially unaccepted as beautiful and glamorising the tattooed, pierced and shaved sub cultures.
Gaultier’s illustrations strongly rejects the norms and limitations stipulated by the industry and greater society. He has created a world without boundaries and judgment. The designer was one of the firsts to deconstruct fashion and not idolize perfection.
Jean Paul Gaultier is a great cinephile. His designs are inspired by many cultures, sub cultures, movies and actors. His fashion show presentations have always been dramatic short movies.
April 24, 1952
Jean Paul Gaultier was born in Arcueil, a Paris suburb to an Accountant father and a Check-out Operator mother. His paternal grandmother who holds great responsibility for his talent was a nurse, beauty consultant and interestingly a hypnotist. He was inspired by the movie Falbalas (1945) as a teenager and the movie played a significant role in the future culturist’s career. Gaultier designed his first cone bra corset for his teddy bear, Nana.
On his eighteenth birthday, Gaultier was offered a job by Pierre Cardin as his Studio Assistant.
Moved on to work with Jacques Esterel as a designer.
Started working as a Design Assistant for Jean Patou. He also worked as an Assistant to the designers Michel Goma and Angelo Tarlazzi during this period.
Returned to work with Pierre Cardin and was sent to Manila where Gaultier masterminded the design collection for the American market.
Jean Paul Gaultier launched his own prét-å-porter line with the help of his life partner, Francis Menuge. His first women’s prét-å-porter Spring/Summer 1977 collection was presented at the Palais de la découverte Planetarium in Paris with nine models walking the runway.
He started distributing his designs in boutiques, most notably at the Bus Stop on the Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris.
Gaultier began to work with chosen manufacturing partners; Gibo, an Italian company which now makes “warp and woof” designs, Equator for knitwear and Kashiyama to produce the Jean Paul Gaultier line under license for the Japanese and Far East Market.
The Dada collection was presented introducing the first corset dresses and jumpsuits. The first men’s prét-å-porter collection was shown for Spring/Summer1984.
Gaultier introduced the men’s skirt, which soon became a classic at the presentation of SS1985, And God created Man. More than 3000 skirts were reportedly sold.
Madonna who was the protagonist of Desperately seeking Susan wore a white corset-style dress by Jean Paul Gaultier from his women’s prét-å-porter collection Spring/Summer 1985 for the movie’s New York premiere. She enthusiastically wore the same dress in black at the American Music Awards a few months earlier.
The first Jean Paul Gaultier boutique opened in Galerie Vivienne, Paris.
Gaultier won designer of the year award at the Oscars de la mode, held at the Opéra de Paris.
The first junior Gaultier line was launched.
Designed costumes for the film The Cook, the Thief, His wife and Her lover directed by Peter Greenaway.
Gaultier designed more than 150 costumes for Madonna’s Blond Ambition world tour.
Madonna wore a white satin cone bra and pink cape designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for the Cannes Film Festival.
The first perfume for women, Classique was created by Jacques Cavallier as a tribute to Gaultier’s grandmother. The perfume was packaged in a corset shaped tin-can, which comes in different colours.
The JPG line, an affordable unisex sportswear collection was launched replacing Junior Gaultier. Gaultier moved the headquarters of his company to rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the Bastille neighborhood of Paris.
Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Galutier at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
The first perfume for men, Le Male was created by Francis Kurkdjian. Jean Paul Gaultier hosted MTV Europe Music Awards and reportedly changed into more than fifteen costumes.
The first haute couture collection, Haute Couture Salon Atmosphere SS1997 was launched.
The first Jean Paul Gaultier Fourrures collection was launched for AW 1998-1999. The Paris boutique on avenue George V opened.
Costumes for Marilyn Manson’s album, The Golden Age of Grotesque were designed. Hermés hired Gaultier as the Creative Director of women’s
First collection – AW 2004-2005 for Hermés was presented.
Designed costumes for Madonna’s Confessions tour.
Catherine Deneuve wore a Jean Paul Gaultier gown from the Virgins collection for haute couture SS 2007.
Kylie Minogue was dressed by Gaultier for her X tour 2008 world tour.
Gaultier designed five ‘haute couture’ bottles produced by Baccarat, collaborating with Evian. The perfume Ma Dame was launched.
The designer was invited to redecorate the Elle Décoration suite at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. Gaultier presented a collection for La Perla.
The partnership with Hermés came to an end.The first exhibition celibrating the designer’s thirty-five year career was organized by the Montreal Musaeum of Fine Arts in June.
Designed costumes for Madonna’s MDNA tour. Served as a member of the jury at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
Gaultier received GQ Germany;s Man of the Year Award (Fashion Category)
Gaultier designed two stage costumes for Kylie’s Kiss me once tour. The exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Galutier; from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is being held at the National Gallery of Victoria until February 8, 2015.