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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier’s first major exhibition has recently just finished at the Barbican in London. Devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the exhibition allowed a little explore into Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion world. With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history.

Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.

The theatrically staged exhibition displayed more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour were showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for films.

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers were also shown, together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances.

I LOVE Jean Paul Gaultier and the exhibition was one of the few in London where you were allowed to take photos. x

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