Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City

As a French citizen and haute couture lover, I could not miss the fabulous exhibition that has been at the Brooklyn Museum for the last few months: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

JP Gaultier’s influence goes beyond the fashion connoisseurs: his creations have revolutionized women’s and men’s fashion over the last decades and we all wear outfits inspired by him whether we know it or not.


The exhibit was absolutely amazing and probably the largest I have ever seen dedicated to one fashion designer: approximately 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles were presented  ranging from his earliest works to his most recent creations.

Here is a – small – selection of some of his major designs often displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. I found that a little spooky at first but very innovative. Looking forward to hearing what you think of that detail!


JP Gaultier “talking” about his definition of style and major design influences


The marinière, or striped sweater. Gaultier’s flagship style and now a true part of the French stereotype.

Decades after the women’s liberation movements that set modern society free of corsets and other oppressive garments, Gaultier’s avant-garde designs have challenged societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.






One of his most famous designs worn by life-long muse: Madonna



Transcending gender…



 Gaultier’s Punk era


Boudoir, BDSM inspirations


Gaultier’s worldwide inspirations

The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition is already over in New York City but after being originally created for Montreal, Canada, it will now keep traveling the world. The next stop is Australia. it will run at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne from October 17, 2014 to February 8, 2015. Enjoy! 

4 thoughts on “Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York City

    1. Funny how some things are so ingrained that we don’t always know where they originally came from anymore! I think Chanel is mostly known for the petite robe noire and simple, clean cuts.

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