For those fashionistas wanting to be ”in the know”, Jean Paul Gaultier is coming to town! Starting on March 23rd, there will be a rash of special events, a gala and an exhibition sure to inspire and excite. The name of the exhibit is “The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the sidewalk to the catwalk”. I spent the better part of this morning on the phone and online trying to score tickets to the Saturday (3/24) event “A conversation with Jean Paul Gaultier and Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of International Herald Tribune”. Much to my dismay, the website couldn’t handle the traffic and the call center never had access to the tickets from the start. So after a VERY frustrating 1.5 hours, I gave up and settled for an angry call to the deYoung Museum members line. Well, the squeaky wheel got the grease and a very nice member relations person called me back with an apology and 2 tickets to the event! I’m SO excited for this event and exhibition!
The de Young’s website had this to say, ”Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution.” Gaultier may be best known for the costumes he conceived for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour of 1990, punctuated by cone shaped bra tops and lots of garter belts. Also included in the exhibit are 140 couture designs, sketches, documents, photographs and film clips.
I feel so lucky to live in a place where we get to see these amazing programs and collections. The exhibit opens to the public on March 24th and there is a members preview on March 23rd. Tickets are still available for some of the other special events including the big gala on Friday night ($250). Check the de Young website for the whole scoop, and I hope to see you there!