Earlier today, I visited the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the deYoung museum. It’s a multimedia show with many screens showing the different projects Gaultier has been working on during his career: going from collaborations with Madonna and Kylie to creating costumes for movie maker Almodovar. I was very impressed by the video animated talking mannequins, one of them being the designer himself dressed in his famous navy shirt welcoming you to the show.
But the center pieces are of course the many iconic fashion designs Jean Paul Gaultier created: the corset of Madonna, the burlesque outfit from Dita von Teese, amazing couture dresses and looks from his most successful collections.
You really get to know the designer: how he got started, where he got his inspirations from etc. The enfant terrible of fashion has always been provocative, but for a good cause. The openly gay designer has pushed the boundaries of gender, sexuality, multiculturalism all in the name of promoting diversity. And what better place to do this than in San Francisco!
You can still visit the exhibition untill August 19.