The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) have announced their first international exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Jean Paul Gaultier will attend the opening of the exhibition, which is set to open October 17, 2014 through to February 8, 2015 and will feature over 140 superbly crafted garments including dresses designed and worn by Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue, as well as the famous conical bras and corsets made for Madonna.
Jean Paul said, “I am honoured and flattered that my exhibition will travel to Australia and I am thrilled to be returning to a country that I have visited only once, many years ago. Preparing this exhibition I have realised how strong my ties to Australia are – Nicole Kidman was my first couture client; I have dressed Cate Blanchett on numerous occasions; Kylie is a dear friend and I have had the pleasure of working closely with her on her tours. I have also been working for many years with models Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeil, Jarrod Scott, and the list goes on. The people are what make this country great and you Australians certainly excel!”
This spectacular overview of Gaultier’s extensive oeuvre will include exclusive material not exhibited in previous venues of the tour, such as pieces from his recent haute couture and ready-to-wear collections and stage costumes worn by Australian actresses Nicole Kidman at the Oscars and Cate Blanchett at the Golden Globes.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, “Jean Paul Gaultier’s radical designs break down stereotypes and clichés, questioning preconceived standards of beauty and challenging societal, gender and aesthetic ‘norms’. The results are exquisite works of art; exuberant, witty, surprising and dramatic. This is a unique chance for our visitors to experience the world of Jean Paul Gaultier; a world that extends beyond the catwalk into the realms of art, music and film.”