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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts develops and produces the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated couturier

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423 pages, 520 photos and illustrations
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From June 17 to October 2, 2011, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier. Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion's enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant-garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society's issues and preoccupations, shaking up — with invariable good humour — established societal and aesthetic codes. More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, this major exhibition, which features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création's animated mannequins. "I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art. Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together. Take Jean Paul Gaultier. What he does is really art," said Andy Warhol (Mondo Uomo, 1984).
"Prepare for wonder and laughter."
  EVA FRIEDE — The Gazette

"[…] the exhibition devoted to the iconoclastic
  French couturier is a triumph."

  SUZY MENKES — The New York Times

"Delighted in leaving an audience agitated and unnerved."
  ROBIN GIVHAN — Newsweek

"The exhibit is a reminder of the iconoclastic,
  impertinent, and intriguing talent that is Gaultier."


"Everything in this exhibition is done with great care,
  right down to the smallest detail"
  ANA PATIÑO — Vogue España

"We are by turns amused, touched and impressed."
  JOEL MORIO — Le Monde, Paris

"A phenomenal retrospective on the great French couturier…
  this exhibition presents everything we love about his work
  in a definitive and brilliant fashion."
   SYLVIA JORIF — Elle France

"A poetic tribute to an original creator."
  CORINNE JEAMMET — France Télévision

"The exhibition is exhilarating!"

"I am still in awe of the exhibition design, which
 allows us to enter Gaultier's world."


"Until October 2, visitors will be able to see with their own
 eyes Gaultier's wild and wonderful world, which is normally
 reserved for a select group of fashion show aficionados."


"Everyone is at last invited to see the extraordinary work
 of this contemporary creator."


"It took the fresh and uninhibited eye of the Montreal Museum
 of Fine Arts to shine a new light on a Parisian fashion designer."

  MARIE AuCOUTURIER — Beaux Arts Magazine

"From the street to the stars, the trip is magical."
  Agence France Presse

An Exhibition initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier.

In the middle: Jean Paul Gaultier © Photo Francisco Garcia 2011. From left to right: Barbès collection, women's prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985. Jean Paul Gaultier archives.
The Raw and the Refined collection, men's prêt-à-porter spring/summer 1994. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier. Virgins (or Madonnas) collection,"Apparitions" gown, haute couture
spring/summer 2007. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier. Romantic India collection, "Lascar" gown, haute couture spring/summer 2000. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier
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