We bring glad tidings of Breton-striped joy, fashion fans: the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition is coming to the Brooklyn Museum next fall. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (where it debuted in June 2011), “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” spans the designer’s 37-year career, featuring examples of couture and ready-to-wear as well as film, dance, and concert costumes (including Madonna‘s Blonde Ambition tour ensembles) and photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Mario Testino. The Brooklyn presentation will also include new material not shown in previous venues, including looks from recent runway shows.
The oldest living enfant terrible‘s creations come to life on
creepy unique mannequins. Topped with wigs and headdresses by Odile Gilbert, their faces are animated with audiovisual projections, an innovation developed by Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin of Montreal-based UBU Compagnie de création. A dozen celebrities, including Gaultier himself, have lent their faces and often their voices to the project. In addition, many of the mannequins revolve to display all angles of each ensemble, while some circulate on a moving catwalk. The Gaultier exhibition, on view through January 6 at The Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura in Madrid, opens in Brooklyn on October 25, 2013 after stops in Rotterdam and Stockholm.