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Gaultier Underwrites Metropolitan’s Historical Look at Men in Skirts

NEW YORK — “Bravehearts: Men in Skirts,” the winter exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has landed an appropriate underwriter: Jean Paul Gaultier.<br><br>“Bravehearts” is an exploration...

NEW YORK — “Bravehearts: Men in Skirts,” the winter exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has landed an appropriate underwriter: Jean Paul Gaultier.

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“Bravehearts” is an exploration of, well, men who wore skirts throughout history, from Roman soldiers to Keanu Reeves’ swoopy black maxicoats from “The Matrix” series. The exhibition is scheduled to run Nov. 4-Feb. 8.

Man skirts are a specialty of Gaultier, who is immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s as a wax figure in one of his signature kilts, and recently introduced a makeup line for men that’s been selling out at stores in Paris.

Andrew Bolton, associate curator of the Costume Institute, is pulling together several pieces for the collection, and also has contacted a few celebrities about lending personal archives for the show. The exhibition shares its title and theme with Bolton’s last exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which he curated before he moved to the Met. Boy George is lending several items, according to the museum.