Now at its third venue, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk continues to delight audiences. Originally organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, the show has traveled to Dallas Museum of Art and now is at de Young Museum in San Francisco until August 19.
The exhibition is arranged in six thematic sections and includes 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) designs from the mid-1970s to 2010. To create a multimedia experience, sketches, stage costumes, film, and photographs have been incorporated. The Montreal theater company Ubu Compagnie de Création created 30 animated mannequins who can talk and sing.
Gaultier, the enfant terrible, uses fashion to explore provocative and sometime controversial topics, such as gender, sex, and multiculturalism. The exhibition includes a warning that it contains adult themes.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-5:15, Friday 9:30-8:45, Saturday 9:30-5:15
Admission: $20 adults, $17 seniors, $16 students, $10 youths, free children 5 and under and members