Photography by Obi Anyanwu
Today marks the beginning of Jean Paul Gaultier's exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The exhibit follows recent exhibits like PUNK: Chaos to Couture, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
Sidewalk to Catwalk takes you through the many worlds Gaultier created with his designs from nautical to punk and from overtly sexual to demure. Gaultier's many ranges were captured, but his hyper sexualized aesthetic was an overarching theme in his works. A few couture dresses from his time with Hermés is at the exhibit as well as custom attire for Beyoncé and Madonna for her Blonde Ambition and MDNA tours. A hall was devoted to his many muses like Naomi Campbell and Amy Winehouse which sat adjacent to women with much stronger builds and the tour ended in a small video room that played clips from his 1984 documentary, Mode in France.
This exhibit is a must see, a great couture history lesson and serves as a reminder that Gaultier has inspired some of your favorite designers of today.