It’s a big year for Jean Paul Gaultier. In addition to celebrating his 60th birthday, he is the subject of a massive museum retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which is currently on tour and arrives in San Francisco’s de Young Museum this month.

 Jean Paul Gaultier knows how he will spend his 60th birthday in April. “I will stay in my bed,” he says, affecting a theatrically glum expression, folding down his bottom lip. “Crying.”

  Photo Collages by Damien Blottiere – Out Magazine

   The ‘‘Boudoir’’ section of the exhibit showcases Madonna’s in famous corsets from the 1990 ‘‘Blond Ambition’’ tour. They are displayed alongside a much-cuddled teddy bear with similar conical protuberances made of rolled newspaper. Mr. Gaultier says he did the breast enhancements on the bear, Nana, at age seven, after a lesson in underpinnings from his grandmother.

On Madona: “I said later, if she hadn’t asked me to make clothes for her, I would’ve killed the one that she did ask.”


Here, a mannequin has been digitally embellished with the designer’s own features and is wearing a version of his iconic matelot sweater.

Photo : Jerry Pigeon (Studio JPG)

About the Exhibition

de Young – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco  http://deyoung.famsf.org/


March 24, 2012 – August 19, 2012

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first major exhibition dedicated to celebrated French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. More than 130 iconic haute couture and prêt-a-porter ensembles created between the early 1970s and 2010 will be dramatically displayed in scenic contexts ranging from the boudoir to graffiti streets and the catwalk. Animated mannequins talk and sing in playful and outrageous vignettes, enhancing the artistry and culturally revolutionary work of Gaultier.

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