Just as Jean Paul Gaultier closed his spring haute couture collection with a mad can-can down the runway by Crazy Horse performer, “Psykko Tycco,” showing a collection inspired by Brit punk and French can-can, comes word that the designer will be getting his first museum retrospective. It’s about time.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will launch at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) on June 17 and will live there through October 2. The retrospective marks the 35th anniversary of Gaultier‘s label–he showed his first ready to wear collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. The exhibition will feature around 120 looks, drawn, for the most part, from Gaultier’s couture collections though there will also be ensembles from ready to wear. Sketches, photographs, stage costumes, film excerpts from runway shows, concerts and dance performances, will all be included.
“I wanted to create an exhibition on Jean Paul Gaultier more than any other couturier because of his great humanity,” said Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in a release. “[H}e offers an open-minded vision of society, a crazy, sensitive, funny, sassy world in which everyone can assert his or her own identity, a world without discrimination, a unique ‘fusion couture.’ Beneath Jean Paul Gaultier’s wit and irreverence lie a true generosity of spirit and a very powerful message for society. His humanist aesthetic touches me deeply.”
If you’re not based in Montreal don’t fret–the exhibit will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13-Febuary 12, 2012) and then to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, de Young (March 24-August 19, 2012).