Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

If you find yourself in Montreal then you should get along to the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective show. But if you can't get to Canada then here's a host of fab illustrations for you to enjoy instead.

Written by Amelia Gregory

John Paul Gaultier illustration By Melissa Kime
John Paul Gaultier by Melissa Kime.

Since June the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has been running the first ever international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier – featuring everything from his childhood teddy bear (with extra home made conical boobs) to Madonna’s actual corset from her Blonde Ambition world tour.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Jean Paul Gaultier by Rebecca Shepherd
Jean Paul Gaultier by Rebecca Shepherd.

At the entrance to The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk visitors are greeted by a spooky set of mannequins with moving faces, created by projections that have been modelled on actual people. Outfits are presented in themed rooms; on moving and posed mannequins, some rapidly moving past on a conveyor belt.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
gaultier by lucy_wills
Jean Paul Gaultier by Lucy Wills.

My favourites were (perhaps surprisingly) his ethnic inspired creations which mainly date from the last decade, a period when I have less knowledge of the label. But there are many wonderful and recognisable outfits from his hugely prolific career, all of which serve as a magnificent reminder of Jean Paul Gaultier’s unique creative genius.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Antonia-Parker-Jean-Paul-Gaultier-Quebec-2011
Jean Paul Gaultier by Antonia Parker.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Gaultier by Faye West
Gaultier by Faye West.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on until October 2nd 2011. Make sure you read my review of Jean Paul Gaultier’s retrospective catwalk show as part of Montreal Festimania too.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Jean Paul Gaultier Illustration by Dan Lester
Jean Paul Gaultier Illustration by Dan Lester.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Trip-To-Quebec-Canada-2011-by-Bryn-Horsdal
Gaultier by Bryn Horsdal.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Jean Paul Gaultier 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Gaultier’s teddy bear.

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