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06/20/11 - 3:54 PM

Gaultier in Montreal

Gaultier en Montreal

From June 17 to October 2, 2011, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.

Gaultier launched his first pret a porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion´s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society´s issues and preoccupations, shaking up established societal and aesthetic codes.

More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, this major exhibition, whicih features 130 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise and multimedia approach provided by UBU, company de creations animated mannequins.

Visitors to the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will encounter mannequins whose faces are brought to life by video. These surprising figures, all of them dressed by Gaultier, soliloquize, observe in silence and sometimes even break into song. This very special technique of projecting video onto a three-dimensional mask combines technology and craft, with the actor’s own video image projected onto his or her sculpted head.

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