Jean Paul Gaultier-Exhibition in Munich

What: Jean Paul Gaultier-Exhibition
Where: Munich, Germany

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Real Artwork: Jean Paul Gaultiers designs demonstrate great imagination and craftsmanship. Partially the faces are quite frightening being able to move their eyes and mouths

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The first part of the exhibition is called ‘The Odyssey’ which dedicates itself to the big adventures of seafaring and mermaids

Jean Paul Gaultier fans have been waiting for it for a while now: The international traveling fashion exhibition ,From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ that’s been touring since 2011 came to Germany at last. After stops like Montreal, San Francisco, New York, London and Paris the 160 creations are being exhibited in the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung in Munich since September 18. Among them the iconic cone bra that Madonna wore on her ‘Blond Ambition’-Tour in 1990, stage outfits from Beyonce and Gossip-singer Beth Ditto or the mermaid dress Marion Cotillard chose for the Academy Awards in 2008.

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The mermaids’ ball: Corset embellished with shells, mother of pearl and jewels, silk crinkle crepe skirt with lamé lace and latex. Time to create: 176 hours

Since his beginnings Jean Paul Gaultier has been titled an ‘Enfant Terrible’, and ever since has catapulted himself into the absolute fashion Olympus with his imaginative, avant-garde creations and the impressive spectrum of his skills. The exhibits from Haute Couture, film- and stage costumes, as well as Pret-à-porter that were largely never displayed before, were created between 1971 and 2015. Jean Paul Gaultier doesn’t see a retrospective in this show but more a parade, which demonstrates how popular- and subculture have held their grounds in the fashion world.

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The Muses: Jean Paul Gaultier’s models often don’t correspond with the traditional ideals of beauty. For him personality is much more important than body index or sexual orientation

Jean Paul Gaultier always focuses on the person wearing his clothes: “I would have never gone into fashion if there weren’t fashion models”, Gaultier once said about the inspirations for his designs. “If I see my garments hanging on a hanger, I don’t really like them. I have to see them on a living person.” BvH

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Express yourself: Madonna became an icon in this salmon pink corset …

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… She wore it on her ‘Blond Ambition’-Tour in 1990

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Jean Paul Gaultiers’ Muses in black and white … on the right Kate Moss

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The term ‘Haute Coutere’ requires a fashion label with at least 15 employees, that presents no less than 15 hand sewn, unique garments created by the designer twice a year

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‘Haute Couture’ is mostly only shown on the runway whereas ‘Pret-à-porter’ (ready to wear) is produced in standard sizes ready to hit the stores

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‘Turandot’ Collection: Fringed evening gown with Chinese dragon-motif and embroidered with jet bugle beads, crepe georgette pants. However I would do without the parasol from human hair

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‘Dubar’: Sarah Jessica Parker wore this dream of a camouflage-gown in 2000 at the MTW Awards in New York

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How did he come up with such an idea, I frequently caught myself thinking as I toured the exhibition, am fascinated by his diverse creations that are presented in a topical course

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‘The marriageable girl’: Silk lace doily body attached to a chased antelope skin, tulle train, patchwork galette and embellished Swarovski-crystals

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Details: Bootleg made from feathers – in the background black and white pictures of Gaultier’s muses

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Hommage to the Punk scene and Great Britannien …

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… with matching hair styles

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The Catwalk …

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… and the worldwide feared critics like US-Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (left) and Suzy Menkes (right). Fashion has to pass through their critical eyes

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Muse Catherine Deneuve – très chic – always placed in the front row

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Even bridal wear Gaultier sees with a wink: away from the image of a princess!

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… Here a bride appears with a native American war bonnet instead of a plain veil

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And again the ‘Odyssey’ where mermaids, sirens, and nymphs meet: Confusion of the sentiments

Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
September 18th 2015 to February 14th 2016
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
Theatinerstraße, Munich, Germany

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