Gaultier exhibition opens at London’s Barbican Art Gallery

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London’s Barbican Art Gallery opens its first ever major fashion exhibition tomorrow, and its subject is the iconoclastic couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.

On show will be 165 couture and ready-to-wear creations, including costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day – the most famous of all being the conical bra and corsets worn by Madonna during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour.

Jean Paul Gaultier was hired by Pierre Cardin on his 18th birthday in 1970, thus beginning a life-long career in fashion. His eponymous collections for women and men were debuted in 1976 and 1983 respectively, and he first showed couture in 1997. The Paris-born designer was later made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2001.

International Vogue Editor Suzy Menkes will be in conversation with the “enfant terrible” himself next Tuesday 15th April. Tickets are selling out fast so don’t leave it too long if you want to find out more about Gaultier’s work.

9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014, Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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