The World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk Opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
If there’s one thing Jean Paul Gaultier hates, it’s convention. That’s why the famously dubbed ‘l'enfant terrible’ is a great designer. For 35 years and 150 collections, Gaultier has delighted, shocked, and inspired the world with his imaginative and eccentric creations. Finally, this summer, the French designer is getting the recognition he deserves. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has honored Gaultier with his first international exhibit, opening today. Earlier this week I journeyed up to the Canadian city that Gaultier remembers as one of the first to embrace his work ("the French are always snobbish," he joked), for pre-opening festivities and a sneak peek at the exhibit. The thoughtfully curated, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” is not to be missed. "First I didn't want to make an exhibition because for me it was a funeral," said Gaultier at a press conference Tuesday. So in agreeing to do the exhibit, the designer had certain requests.