Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion as Art Opens in Dallas

  • Photos © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Left: Les Actrices [Movie Stars] collection, Barbarella body-corset; Haute couture fall/winter 2009–2010. Right: Belles des champs [Countryside Babes] collection; Women’s prêt-à-porter spring/summer 2006 Photos © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Les Actrices [Movie Stars] collection, Barbarella body-corset; Haute couture fall/winter 2009–2010 Photo © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Belles des champs [Countryside Babes] collection; Women’s prêt-à-porter spring/summer 2006. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Left: Les Indes galantes [Romantic India] collection, Lascar dress; Haute couture spring/summer 2000. Right: Barbès collection; Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Les Indes galantes [Romantic India] collection, Lascar dress; Haute couture spring/summer 2000. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Barbès collection; Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Left: Divine Jacqueline collection, L'écume des jours dress; Haute couture spring/summer 1999. Right: Les Surréalistes [The Surrealists] collection, Hécate coatdress; Haute couture fall/winter 2006–2007. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Les Surréalistes [The Surrealists] collection, Hécate coatdress; Haute couture fall/winter 2006–2007. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Divine Jacqueline collection, L'écume des jours dress; Haute couture spring/summer 1999. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Left: Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, Apparitions dress; Haute couture spring/summer 2007. Right: Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, Laudes ensemble; Model : Dita Von Teese; Haute couture spring/summer 2007. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
    Detail: Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, Apparitions dress; Haute couture spring/summer 2007. Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Emil Larsson
    Emil Larsson; Body corset worn by Madonna; Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990; Dazed & Confused, April 2008. Photo © Emil Larsson
  • Photo © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
    Jean Paul Gaultier, 2009. Photo © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello
  • Photos © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Photo © Emil Larsson
  • Photo © Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

A traveling interactive exhibition focusing on haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier made its American debut at the Dallas Museum of Art this month. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalkopened in Dallas, the first of only two U.S. cities, after its kickoff in Montreal and will run from now through February 12, 2012. The largest exhibit of the French couturier’s work to date, the multimedia display is meant to be more of an interactive runway than a museum display.  More than 130 of Gaultier’s avant-garde ensembles are featured among video clips and musical recordings from shows, concerts, and films incorporating his designs; and 30 animated mannequins offer songs and commentary. “The exhibition is very celebratory, fun, and energetic,” explains Kevin W. Tucker, the Margot B. Perot curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art. “It draws on Gaultier’s desire for it not to just be a line of mannequins.” Highlights include Madonna’s infamous cone-bra corset from the Blond Ambition Tour and Gaultier’s first gown from the early ’70s. The exhibit is organized in six thematic categories and, in addition to clothes, includes Gaultier’s hand-drawn sketches; fashion photographs from contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and David LaChapelle; and other products from the Gaultier brand, like his iconic human-form perfume bottles. (214.922.1200, www.dm-art.org)

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