Jean Paul Gaultier is Coming to Rotterdam

Jean Paul Gaultier is Coming to Rotterdam

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – 10 February to 12 May 2013

In the spring of 2013, the Kunsthal Rotterdam will proudly present the exhibition ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’. Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 35 years with his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs. The first international exhibition of this celebrated and famed French couturier’s work provides a spectacular overview of his extensive oeuvre. Initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier-Paris and in Rotterdam, with the Kunsthal, the exhibition brings to life the world of Gaultier and gives a unique opportunity to visitors to have access to haute couture, stage and movie costumes.

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ is more of a contemporary installation than a retrospective. Over a hundred and forty original creations from the early 1970s to the present day, and from both his haute couture collections and his ready-to-wear lines, can be seen at the Kunsthal. Most of these pieces are being exhibited for the first time in the Netherlands, with exceptional loans from Madonna and Pedro Almodovar to name a few. Fashion show recordings, television programmes, films, videos, sketches and photographs by leading photographers complete the world of Gaultier. In this multimedia exhibition, thirty unique mannequins wearing remarkable wigs and headdresses by Odile Gilbert, founder of the Atelier 68 in Paris, come ‘alive’ with interactive faces created by technologically ingenious audiovisual projections, surprising visitors with their lifelike presence. Poetic and playful, the production, design and staging of this dynamic audiovisual element has been produced by Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin of UBU/Compagnie de création from Montreal, Canada. A dozen celebrities, including Gaultier himself, have lent their faces -projected on to the mannequins – and often their voices to this project. Jolicoeur International from Canada have designed all the mannequins and the scenography was created by Projectiles from Paris.


Published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with American publisher Abrams and under the direction of Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the first ever monograph on Jean Paul Gaultier has been published to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition was developed by the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier.

Save the date! Press conference on Friday 8 February 2013 . Accreditation is mandatory.

For additional information call +31(0)10-4400301 or visit .

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday  10am – 5pm, Sundays and public holidays 11am – 5pm

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