DALLAS MUSEUM GETS JEAN PAUL GAULTIER SHOWAug. 22, 2011
Safe to say that the out-of-control success of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has put a premium on haute-fashion retrospectives as must-haves for our temples of high culture. So it is that the fashion-forward town of Dallas, Texas, is welcoming its very first such contemporary fashion show, a comprehensive survey of designs by fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier.
"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Side Walk to the Catwalk" presents approximately 140 ensembles spanning 35 years at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nov. 13, 2011-Feb. 12, 2012. The exhibition is currently on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and appears later at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Mar. 24-Aug. 19, 2012, before heading overseas to museums in Madrid and Rotterdam.
The couturier himself has played a large part in assembling the show, which is organized by Montreal MFA curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot; it is installed in Dallas by Kevin W. Tucker, curator of decorative arts and design there. The show is divided (as has become the practice in such affairs) into six sections: The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier; The Boudoir; Skin Deep; Punk Cancan; Urban Jungle; and Metropolis.
The show includes Gaultier-designed stage outfits for Lady Gaga, Madonna and Kylie Minogue, and costumes for films like Luc Besson ‘s The Fifth Element.
The show also includes an extensive selection of photographs by contemporary artists, including Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, Cindy Sherman, Erwin Wurm, Andy Warhol and many others.
A special highlight is the set of 30 innovative mannequins with faces animated with video projections (in a style not unlike the work of Tony Oursler) placed throughout the show. A dozen celebrities, including Gaultier himself, have lent their faces and voices to this part of the show.
The accompany exhibition catalogue, at 424 pages, features over 550 illustrations and over 50 interviews (ranging from Tom Ford to Dita Von Teese), and is the first major monograph on Gaultier.