Conceived as a spectacular theatrical multimedia performance piece, "The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" is a stand-alone artistic feat, proving that fashion has definitively crossed over onto the realm of art.
“This show is not about fashion, it is a contemporary installation about social movements,” explains Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the exhibition's curator, adding that designers have always been inspired by the street and pop culture, and not by the fashion industry. “His work is quite timeless, so it made sense to do a thematic exhibition rather than a chronological one,” he adds.
The exhibition that recently opened at the Grand Palais in Paris is as much a repertoire of the ideas that have inspired Gaultier as it is an homage to those — from fashion editors to muses to workshop seamstresses — whose support has made the designer into a fashion legend.
P.S. Watch below to see a behind the scenes video of the exhibition from Grand Palais!