PAUL GAULTIER AT THE V&A
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AT THE V&A
Friday 30th May 2003
Show times: 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 19:00, 20:30
The Victoria and Albert Museum will celebrate French designer Jean Paul Gaultier with a series of catwalk shows in the stunning Raphael Gallery on Friday 30th May. The fashion walks, part of the V&A's Fashion in Motion programme, will feature garments personally selected by Jean Paul Gaultier from his very first collections to his most recent.
Since 1976, Gaultier's themed collections have drawn inspiration from the most eclectic sources, from French cultural icons to the London street scene. Famous for his skirts for men and for recreating underwear as outerwear, his clothes transcend the traditional boundaries of gender and fashion. His collections have featured themes as diverse as the circus, orthodox Jewish dress and the Latin lover. In January 1997 he launched his first haute-couture collection.
Gaultier's flamboyancy is equally expressed in his costumes for cult movies such as The Cook, The Thief, his Wife and her Lover (Greenaway, 1989), Kika (Almodovar, 1993), City of Lost Children (Carot & Jeunet, 1995),The Fifth Element (Besson, 1997) and, more recently for the French adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous (Gabriel Aghion, 2000). His designs for music icons include the famous corset made for Madonna for her Blonde Ambition World Tour (1990).
The Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion in Motion will be a unique opportunity to experience the first ever retrospective of the "Enfant Terrible" of French fashion.
Please note: numbers are strictly limited but free tickets can be booked in advance through the V&A bookings office on 020 7942 2211/2218/2209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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