Jean Paul Gaultier revisits Australia for exhibition of his work
The ‘enfant terrible’ of fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier will travel to Melbourne for the opening of the first international exhibition dedicated his work.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features over 140 garments spanning his career, from his first-ever design from 1971 and including the iconic conical bras and corsets made for Madonna
The exhibition includes an exclusive Australian Muses section highlighting Gaultier’s relationship with icons including Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Andrej Pejić and Gemma Ward.
“You people make the best dykes on the bikes in the world,” Gaultier said of his only other vist to Australia, when came to Mardi Gras 20 years ago.
“It was the most incredible and fabulous thing.”
“Preparing this exhibition I have realised how strong my ties to Australia are,” Gaultier said about the upcoming retrospect of his fashion career.
“Nicole Kidman was my first couture client; I have dressed Cate Blanchett on numerous occasions; Kylie is a dear friend and I have had the pleasure of working closely with her on her tours. I have also been working for many years with models Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeil, Jarrod Scott, and the list goes on. The people are what make this country great and you Australians certainly excel!”
“A visionary, his skill at creating drama and fantasy are second to none. On top of that, his kindness and humour shine through all that he does. A dear friend and an icon of design, long may he reign,” Kylie Minogue said.
“I’m honoured to be part of this amazing exhibition and know visitors will leave elated and inspired.”
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens at the National Gallery of Victoria on October 17 and runs until February 8, 2015.
Pictured: William Baker. Kylie Minogue Virgins (or Madonnas) collection, Immaculata gown Jean Paul Gaultier Haute couture, spring-summer 2007 net lace dress with large patterned embroidery and white linen cut-outs © William Baker