The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier - From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
3015 AA Rotterdam
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10 February 2013 - 12 May 2013
In a glittering, multi media show, the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents an abundant overview of Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion designs in the first retrospective of this ‘enfant terrible' of the fashion world. For his collections, Jean Paul Gaultier was inspired by various countries ranging from Africa and India to Russia and Mexico. With an infallible feeling for the spirit of the era, he taps into existing subcultures such as French Existentialism, Jewish Rabbis, English White Trash and the world of mariners. Gaultier's work blurs the line between ‘male' and ‘female'. His subversive and extravagant designs for stars such as Madonna and Lady Gaga are world-famous; Gaultier has determined the face of fashion over the last 35 years. Over 140 original designs are exhibited together with video footage of fashion shows, concerts, dance performances, films and music videos, drawings and sketches, and photographs by leading photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Bettina Rheims, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton and Robert Doisneau.
Kunsthal Rotterdam is an exceptional exhibition hall that houses some 25 expositions annually. The Kunsthal displays culture in the broadest sense of the word: traditional and cutting-edge art, design and photography, from elitist to popular.