Fashion

Summer Pick: Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

From June 17 to October 2, Jean-Paul Gaultier's iconic work will be featured in an exclusive exhibit

Photo by Anthea Simms

From June 17 to October 2, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic work will be featured in the exclusive exhibit entitled, “The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.”

This is the first retrospective ever devoted to Gaultier, who designed his first ready-to-wear collection in 1976 and founded his couture label in 1997. The exhibition will feature a selection of 120 women’s and men’s couture and ready-to-wear pieces, as well as sketches, photographs (including previously unpublished prints) and audiovisual clips of his much-celebrated creations.

The 59-year-old Parisian couturier recently spoke to FLARE about this intimate retrospective. “To me, retrospectives are for dead people,” he explained. So why the change of heart? The theatrically-inspired staging proposed by the Montreal curators.

In FLARE‘s May issue, Gaultier also speaks out about his preference for the edgy and alternative visions of beauty that he has since become famous for featuring in his runway shows. “I didn’t have any means, so I hired friends and girls off the street,” he explained of his early presentations. “I don’t believe in one type of beauty.”

To experience this rare glimpse into the mind of the designer visit mbam.qc.ca for all exhibition details.