When you talk about Jean Paul Gaultier, you are talking about one of the funniest , amusing and funkiest designer, who changed the course of history.
Technique, skill, handwork and knowledge are the solid bases that quickly lead the designer to the top of the fashion World.
I’ve been really pleased to enter in Gaultier’s World in 2012, when this exhibition, curated by Nathalie Bondil from the MMFA in conjunction with the Jean Paul Gaultier Maison and the Mapfre Foundation, was in Madrid.
Today the the Kunsthalle Munich hosts the exhibition that, just in Paris, had 420.000 visits.
The exhibition features a selection of haute couture creations, videos and pictures of the man known as the “enfant terrible of fashion”, passing through his glorious carrier: from the very early years when he was learning french Haute Couture with Pierre Cardin, until nowadays.
Throughout his carrier, Gaultier reinvented clothing stereotypes. Deeply influenced by his maternal grandmother, he found inspiration in her closet, especially by her corsets, that became one of the iconic pieces of his collections.
The teddy bear Nana has been the symbol of his childhood, rebuilding at the age of 5 the body of a woman on it, and dressing him like a female with a little paper cone-bra, that has been the first prototype for the conical corsets whose Madonna sported in the 80s during her Blond Ambition World Tour .
The designer spent his whole life to challenge traditional social roles, founding inspiration in a variety of sources and reinventing some pieces from the closet, an example is given by the kilt-like-skirts, that rose him to fame and reverse conventional gender stereotypes.
From hyperbolic and extravagant costumes stolen directly from Moulin Rouge in Paris, to the London’s Punks against the system, the designer explored different worlds, giving to his collections a touch of inventive: a kind of rebellion against classical schemes.
What made Gaultier unique is the fact that he claimed to be different and live according to one’s own individual identity. “I did it starting with no money, with no money you have to be creative, you have to find the unique solution rather than being like the others.”