Jean Paul Gaultier, born in 24 April 1952 in France, is one of the world’s most recognisable designers although he never did receive any formal training as a designer and began his career by simply sending off sketches of his ideas to those in the industry. Becoming more well known during the 1908’s and 1990’s for using models who were not ‘current’, such as those in older years and with fuller figures, Gaultier first became known globally for his design of Madonna’s famous cone cupped bra and is now one of the most wealthy and well renowned designers with recognition in clothing and perfumery.

The newest exhibition ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ will feature design pieces, film and photography from the beginning of Gaultier’s career in the 1970’s to the present day, with new additions being unveiled alongside the 165 cutting-edge designs which showcase unusual concepts of beauty from the maverick designer and shall be worn by supermodels such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell with other stars also to be featured like burlesque star Dita Von Teese and larger than life singer/songwriter Beth Ditto.

It is Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Gaultier who are responsible for organising the event, which will be the first major exhibition that is entirely devoted to the celebrations of the French couturier. A man who has caused such controversy over the years and split the fashion world so distinctly, yet proven his worth with a following like no other and become a household name around the globe, is someone wholly worthy of celebrating.

Iconic features will be included in the exhibition, from Madonna’s conical bra and corset set to stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as a wealth of photography, moving pictures, movies and dance productions. A highlight will be the Spitting Image puppet of Jean Paul Gaultier, which will be on show for the very first time in the UK. It will sport dramatically tall headpieces with the use of Mohawks that have been designed by hair stylist, Odile Gilbert.

Jean Paul Gaultier says of the exhibition that its location is key and he holds London in high esteem for being a special place to him, London is a city that holds a catalogue of memories and experiences of this designer including the memories of how he first gained recognition for his work as the English were the first ones to ever visit his shows and appreciate his work. 

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