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1/8 — Gaultier's first ever gown, and perpetrator of Aitize Hanson's nip slip



Gaultier gets nostalgic in his Paris Retrospective

Famed designer Jean Paul Gaultier has had his personal retrospective show, The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, starting in Montreal and travelling across the world. The show will be opening in the Grand Palais in Paris, where the french native has added a few personal touches for his home. Gaultier announced during a preview, “Now I know more that I want in the exhibition: I wanted to show about my family, and a little bit more about myself.”

Gaultier will be adding an array of personal photos, and his childhood teddy bear, named Nana, which he joked has gone through numerous hair and makeup tests, and even has its own makeshift cone bra. The exhibition will cover two floors and shows decades of the designers memorable moments. Gaultier remembers it all like it was yesterday. WWD reported during the walk through that “Gaultier demonstrated his hands-on approach — fiddling with the drape of garments, and the volume of hairstyles… — and his encyclopedic memory, recounting in intimate detail the back story behind various artifacts.” From scaring former French President François Mitterrand with late partner Francis Menuge’s ‘trouser skirt’ to reenacting Aitize Hanson’s fashion faux-pas showing his first ever gown, Gaultier retained it all.

Gaultier’s bold and audacious ventures into gender bending, bondage and punk stylings have elevated him to an iconic status. ‘L’enfant terrible’ has shocked and inspired audiences for decades, from garbage bag dresses to haute couture lines. We’re excited to see the designer get personal, even nostalgic, as we walk through his long career with him.

The retrospective show will be held in the Grand Palais from April 1st to August 3rd before moving on to Milan

Photos by Dominique Maître and Emil Larsson courtesy of WWD Magazine

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