Pedro Almodóvar, Victoria Abril and Jean Paul Gaultier for the opening of Kika, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, 1993 © Jean Paul Gaultier archives.

Madrid will be the First Stop for Jean Paul Gaultier Retrospective Exhibition in Europe

Celebrating Gaultier’s bold, ground-breaking global vision and extraordinary virtuosity, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will make its European premiere at Madrid’s FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE from Oct. 6, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013. Over 120 ready-to wear and haute couture ensembles spanning 35 years will be on view along with excerpts from films, music video, and fashion shows, plus photographs by some of the world’s leading fashion photographers and contemporary artists.
 
New additions for Spain will include a specially-conceived grouping located that illustrates how some of Spain’s most cherished cultural icons, from toreros to flamenco dancers, have influenced the couturier’s work. Plus Gaultier’s eye-catching costumes for films (Kika, Bad Education, The Skin I Live In) by Pedro Almodovar (from sketches to final versions) will be installed in a dedicated gallery also exclusive to the Madrid venue.
 
According to Exhibition Curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, “From transforming the torero's high-waist pants and boleros in PVC, leather, beaded with jet or denim, or by “Gaulterizing” the flamenco dress and mantilla with extraordinary drama, color, and flare, the additions especially conceived for Spain will further highlight the many unexpected way Jean Paul Gaultier has redefined the boundaries of fashion.”
 
Adds Loriot, “From Swashbucklers and Samurais, to Chic Rabbis and Madonnas, Jean Paul Gaultier's diverse influences for his couture and ready-to-wear collections have always been eclectic, surprising and daring. As someone who initiates trends instead of following them, you discover in his work his passion for different types of beauties. No matter your age, shape, skin color, or gender is, everyone is welcomed in his universe.”