A little bit of Paris in San Francisco

On Saturday, my good friend Wendy took me and a couple of girl friends to see the Jean Paul Gautier exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. In a word, it was AMAZING! Not only were the ensembles gorgeous, but the manner in which they were presented was ingenious. Gaultier partnered with the Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Création in the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing in playful and poetic vignettes ~ and whose eyes seem to follow you.

The show: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on exhibit at Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries at the De Young Museum from March 24, 2012 through August 19, 2012.

This dynamic, multimedia exhibition includes 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between the mid-1970s and 2010, along with numerous sketches, archival documents, fashion photographs, and video clips that spotlight Gaultier’s collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers, and musicians, most notably Madonna.

Dubbed fashion’s “enfant terrible”, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial context of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.

Gaultier, who enjoys mixing the historical with the avant-garde in his fashions, used similar tactics with his dresser made of luggage and a highboy made of attaché cases.


I would definitely call this a MUST SEE Exhibit. My friends and I left inspired and planning a trip to the fabric store to purchase some materials to try our hand at designing something fun.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are neither refundable nor exchangeable.

For Tickets and Information
Adults $20, seniors 65+ $17, students with current ID $16, youths 6–17 $10, members and children 5 and under free.


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One response to “A little bit of Paris in San Francisco

  1. Those mannequin faces are crazy! And those designs are to die for. I can’t wait to see the exhibit myself.

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