Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway. Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial context of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.
This dynamic, multimedia exhibition will include 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between the mid-1970s and 2010, along with numerous sketches, archival documents, fashion photographs, and video clips that spotlight Gaultier’s collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers, and musicians, most notably Madonna. For this presentation, Gaultier partnered with the Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Création in the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing in playful and poetic vignettes.
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“Simplicity works well in the Caribbean and especially in St.Barth; it’s an island for lazing about”
Thomas Lavin recently spent a week in St.Barth where he visited the Christian Liaigre Boutique. He found 200 Meters of beautiful white-sand beaches accompanied by coconut trees and an unbelievable barrier reef.
“The furnishing followed in the philosophy. The Materials utilized are very basic: Woods that will withstand the heat and textiles that are easy to clean, everything is designed to minimize maintenance and upkeep. The furniture created for this hotel remains a collection destined for the tropics, these pieces don’t integrate well into an urban universe…”
– Christian Liaigre
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According to Dries Van Noten, he didn’t start out with the notion of creating a collection that drew inspiration from horse racing and the equestrian arts; that’s just where he ended up. “We were doing all these technical things — garment bonding and taping — to these light silks and satins and I started thinking about circumstances in which a man might find them appropriate to wear, which lead to the idea of jockey’s silks.” That result was a collection that included skinny-legged trousers with an extra-narrow ankle, Color-blocked blousons with deep V-shapes angling in from shoulders to navel, and barley-colored tweed jackets with leather detailing. ( Los Angeles Times by Adam Tschorn )