The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco is a fantastic exhibition. LOVE it! If you are anywhere nearby, it is truly not to be missed–its on til August 19th, 2012. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Art in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Gaultier also partnered with Montreal based theatre company Ubu Compagnie de Creation for the design of animated mannequins, a true delight that really makes the show special.
It is a large show (that satisfied me greatly). There are many rooms, and it is a full multimedia extravaganza with talking mannequins, full room installations, moving runways, runway videos, fashion drawings and YES its covers collaborations, including Madonna. Here are a few shots. They in no means give you a real feel for the whole show, but hopefully will act as a tease. Oodles and oodles of his designs covering decades of his groundbreaking work were made even more memorable by some of the mannequins winking, talking, reciting poetry. It is just a glorious experience.