Last month, Brooklyn Museum debuted “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” which exhibits and extrapolates upon the famous designer’s aesthetic, his history and some of the most notorious pieces from his 37-year career.
Characterized by an emphasis on the subversive, Gaultier’s works (such as Madonna’s iconic cone bra) are typically controversial and play against known concepts of identity: sexual, artistic and otherwise.
“From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” has six organizational constructs illustrating the artist’s primary themes. The introductory chapter, The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, gives visitors some biographical background before they delve into The Boudoir, Skin Deep, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle and Metropolis.
Already awash with critical praise, the exhibition stands to rival the widely popular Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” display that drew audiences in droves to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011.
Originally from Montreal, the show has traveled worldwide for two years before finally arriving in NYC. It will be on display locally through February. Visit www.brooklynmuseum.org to learn more.