Munich: Jean Paul Gaultier “From the Sidewalk to Catwalk” at Kunsthalle der Hypo

by Venetia Kapernekas

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk-a major retrospective of the haute-icon’s phenomenal oeuvre- at Herzog & de Meuron-designed Kunsthalle in Munich, preview opening, September 17th

September 18, 2015 – February 14, 2016.


Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the exhibition, working  with Swarovski as the premium partner, opens  up Gaultier’s historic archive and amazingly uncovers  some brilliant gems.  A super spectacle exhibition!


For the past 40 years, the French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier (born in 1952), dubbed the ‘enfant terrible’ of haute couture, has been one of the most influential designers of contemporary fashion. More than any other, his bold and ironic creations have repeatedly challenged our concept of fashion and beauty.

FullSizeRender copy 3conThroughout his career, Gaultier has made it his mission to challenge conventional views on the social roles of fashion, while audaciously extending the fundamental manufacturing principles of fashion design. He uses a wide range of materials like feathers, crystals, animal skins, jet stones, metal cans or rubber. In his Paris couture atelier, these are finished with superb workmanship – often in unconventional combinations – for his avant-garde creations. Besides his hometown, he finds inspiration in a variety of sources: from the world of pop and mass media or the trends of subcultures like London’s punk scene to different cultures from around the world; prototypical figures like the geisha, the Native American or the torero inhabit his universe, yet always with surprising twists.

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…….In addition to his haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs, the show includes costumes for theater, dance, and cinema. Gaultier repeatedly worked together with film directors like Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Besson or Peter Greenaway and created stage outfits for popstars, like the famous bustier worn by Madonna in 1990 that caused a stir on her Blonde Ambition tour.

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above photos@VK taken during the opening exhibition


Exclusively for the Munich venue, Peter Lindberg shot the lead image, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier and Nadja Auermann. (photo published at kunsthalle der Hypo website )


This exhibition celebrates haute couture legend Jean Paul Gaultier’s sparkling forty-year career and is Kunsthalle’s first fashion presentation, its 30th anniversary and its 100th exhibition.  Enjoy some of the celebrities during  the opening evening,