PARIS — Jean Paul Gaultier visited Canada Friday to unveil a major career retrospective for next year at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, marking 35 years in fashion.
“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” is slated to run there from June 17 to Oct. 2 before traveling to the Dallas Museum of Art (Nov. 13 to Feb. 12, 2012) and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 to Aug. 19, 2012).
The Montreal expo will showcase about 120 ensembles, a good number of them couture creations, alongside sketches, photography and audiovisual elements. These include clips from films the French designer has costumed — by directors including Luc Besson, Peter Greenaway and Pedro Almodóvar — along with videos showcasing collaborations with choreographers and pop stars, from Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue to Madonna.
The museum said the exhibition will be organized among five themes: Paris, Fusions, Multi-Gender, Eurotrash/X-rated and Metropolis, spanning key themes explored by French fashion’s favorite enfant terrible, today the designer behind everything from fragrances and men’s wear to home furnishings.
Gaultier showed his first ready-to-wear collection in 1976, entering the high fashion realm in 1996.
Nathalie Bondil, museum director and chief curator, said what attracted her to Gaultier as a subject over other couturiers was his “open-minded vision of society, a crazy, sensitive, funny, sassy world in which everyone can assert his or her identity.”
The museum tapped Montreal theater company UBU to design the exhibition, including the mannequins.
A 424-page book to accompany the showcase is to feature interviews with the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Cardin, Dita Von Teese and the reclusive Martin Margiela, the retired Belgian designer who started his fashion career at Gaultier.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast