Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk Exhibition Hits Melbourne

Melbourne, man we get it good and when it come to art and culture we get it real good! Right now at the National Gallery Of Victoria is the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition and given the designer has a breadth of work synonymous with Fashion, Film, Music, Art & Culture – How could we not love it? Check out this selection of new images from the exhibition to get you excited! Wow! Just WOW!

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Jean Paul Gaultier Biography – As provided by the NGV

Excerpts from The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Catwalk to Australia RRP$19.95, National Gallery of Victoria

24 April 1952

Jean Paul Gaultier is born in Arcueil, a Paris suburb. Gaultier’s father is an accountant and his mother a check-out operator. His paternal grandmother, a beauty consultant and hypnotist, introduces him to the world of Paris fashion, most notably through the film Falbalas (1945), directed by Jacques Becker, in which actress Micheline Presle wears costumes designed by Marcel Rochas. This film would be the catalyst for the future couturier’s career. This is the moment Gaultier designs his first cone bra corsets for his teddy bear, Nana. As a teenager, he designs two collections a year, just for fun, taking inspiration from the top designers.


After showing his sketches to several Paris based designers, on his eighteenth birthday Gaultier is hired by Pierre Cardin as his studio assistant.


Gaultier has a stint as designer with Jacques Esterel.


Gaultier works as a design assistant for Jean Patou, then as assistant to designers Michel Goma and Angelo Tarlazzi. The studios, located in the former Hôtel de Talleyrand near the Place de la Concorde, remind him of the world of Falbalas.


Returns to work with Pierre Cardin, who sends him to Manila, the Philippines, where Gaultier designs collections for the American market.


Gaultier establishes his own pret-a-porter label with the help of his life partner, Francis Menuge.

Presents his first women’s pret-a-porter collection (spring–summer 1977) at the
Palais de la découverte planetarium, Paris. Nine models walk the runway, wearing
garments made from fabrics purchased at the Marché Saint-Pierre: piped canvas, toile de Jouy upholstery, jackets made of cross-stitch or raffia placemats, biker jackets worn over ballet tutus with sneakers and the first electronic jewellery made by Francis Menuge.


Gaultier designs are now distributed in boutiques, notably at the Bus Stop on Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, owned by Japanese group Kashiyama.
The first ‘tin can’ bracelet appears.


Gaultier has new manufacturing partners: the Italian company Gibo now makes the ‘warp and woof’ designs, and the knitwear is made by Equator. Kashiyama continues to produce, under license, the Jean Paul Gaultier line for the Japanese and Far East market.


The Dada collection is presented, introducing the first corset-style dresses and jumpsuits.

Gaultier designs costumes for the performance Délices, choreographed by
Régine Chopinot. This collaboration is the first of many for the designer and the choreographer, who will work together on seventeen productions over the next thirty years.

The first men’s pret-a-porter collection is presented in spring–summer 1984.


Gaultier designs costumes for the series of concerts presented by the singer Sheila at the Zénith, Paris.

The men’s skirt, which will become a classic, is introduced at the presentation of
the collection And God Created Man (men’s pret-a-porter spring–summer 1985). More than 3000 men’s skirts are sold this season.

The film Desperately Seeking Susan, directed by Susan Seidelman, has its New
York premiere; Madonna, who plays the title character, wears a white corset-style
dress from the collection A Wardrobe for Two (women’s pret-a-porter spring–
summer 1985). She wore the same dress, in black, at the American Music Awards a few months earlier.


The first Jean Paul Gaultier boutique opens in Galerie Vivienne, Paris. Gaultier designs the first collection of ‘eight gowns for hip brides’ for the Pronuptia label (spring–summer 1987).

Gaultier meets Madonna for the first time after her concert at the Parc de Sceaux, near Paris, during the Who’s That Girl tour.


Gaultier wins Designer of the Year Award at the Oscars de la mode, held at the Opéra de Paris.


The first Junior Gaultier line is launched. Gaultier basics are available at affordable prices (F250–1500, or $50–250). More than 450,000 garments are sold in a single season at his Paris boutique on the rue de Jour.


Gaultier records a house music song ‘Aow Tou Dou Zat’ (‘How To Do That’)
with British producer Tony Mansfield. The recording is comprised of excerpts
from Gaultier’s 1987 interview with the BBC. Jean-Baptiste Mondino designs the album cover and directs the music video. The song reaches No. 52 on the European Dance Charts, and 42,000 copies are sold. On 14 July, the bicentenary of the French Revolution, the designer performs the song at the Palladium nightclub, New York.

Gaultier designs costumes for the film The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, directed by Peter Greenaway.


Gaultier designs costumes (more than 150) for Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour. The autobiographical photo-novel À Nous Deux la mode is published.
Gaultier designs costumes for accordionist Yvette Horner’s show at the Casino de Paris.


At the Cannes Film Festival, Madonna presents Truth or Dare (named In Bed
with Madonna outside North America), a documentary about her Blond Ambition
World Tour. The star climbs the stairs of the Palais des Festivals dressed in a white satin cone bra and pink cape designed by Gaultier.

Gaultier designs costumes for the performance Saint-Georges, choreographed by Régine Chopinot.


A collection of mobile furniture evoking travel is presented at the Galerie VIA (Valorisation de l’innovation dans l’ameublement [Highlighting Innovation in Furniture]), Paris.

The first Gaultier Jean’s collection is launched.

The retrospective runway show Jean Paul Gaultier in L.A. is held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, to raise funds for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). A legion of celebrities presents some 100 designs to 6300 spectators. The celebrity models include: Lorraine Bracco, Joe Dallesandro, Janice Dickinson, Robert Downey Jr, Faye Dunaway, Deborah Falconer, Jennifer

Flavin, Billy Idol, Lady Miss Kier Kirby (Deee-Lite), Patti LaBelle, Virginia
Madsen, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Anthony Kiedis, Stéphane Sednaoui, Luther Vandross, Martha Washington, Jody Watley, Raquel Welch and Dr Ruth Westheimer. Some of Gaultier’s favourite models also grace the catwalk: Tanel Bedrossiantz, Christine Bergström, Stella Ellis, Aitize Hanson, Claudia Huidobro and Eugénie Vincent. For the finale, Madonna, who was supposed to wear the same sailor- striped sweater as Jean Paul Gaultier, decides at the last minute to walk out topless, wearing only an overall and beret.


The first perfume for women, Classique, created by Jacques Cavallier, is launched:
the fragrance is somewhat oriental, floral, powdery, warm and sweet. The body-shaped bottle, a tribute to Gaultier’s grandmother, is covered in a corset and packaged in a tin can. The corset will be issued in several versions (metallic, pink or black lace, as well as a very ‘luscious’ feminine shape).

Gaultier designs costumes for the performance Façade, un divertissement, choreographed by Régine Chopinot.

The television series Eurotrash premieres on Britain’s Channel 4. Co-hosted by Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes and broadcast on Fridays at 11 pm, the show is an instant success and is re-broadcast in eleven countries, reaching an average audience of two to three million viewers a night. Gaultier will stay for seven seasons before leaving the cult hit in 1997.

Gaultier designs costumes for characters played by Victoria Abril and Rossy de Palma in the film Kika, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.


The JPG line, a new, affordably priced unisex sportswear collection, is launched, replacing Junior Gaultier.

The company’s headquarters move to the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, in the Bastille neighbourhood of Paris.


Gaultier receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

A retrospective runway show of Jean Paul Gaultier collections is presented in Vienna at the Life Ball, a charitable fundraising event for victims of AIDS.

The first perfume for men, Le Male, created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, is launched; its fresh, spicy fragrance evokes virility and strength.

Gaultier hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards, broadcast live from the Zénith,
Paris, and watched by 250 million viewers. He has more than fifteen costume changes.


Gaultier is nominated for a César for Best Costume Design for the film The City of Lost Children (La Cité des enfants perdus), directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.


The first haute couture collection, Haute Couture Salon Atmosphere (spring–summer 1997), is launched under the Gaultier Paris label.

Gaultier designs the costumes (more than 1000) for the film The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson.


Gaultier is nominated for a César for Best Costume Design for The Fifth Element. The first Jean Paul Gaultier Fourrures collection is launched (autumn–winter 1998–1999).


Gaultier signs a partnership agreement with the house of Hermes.

The perfume Fragile, created by Francis Kurkdjian, is launched; the sensual, mysterious fragrance is based on the tuberose flower. Jean-Baptiste Mondino designs the ad campaign featuring supermodel Erin O’Connor.

Gaultier designs the costumes for the Fairy Godmother, a character played by accordionist Yvette Horner in the ballet The Nutcracker, choreographed by Maurice Béjart, at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and in Geneva.


Gaultier receives an International Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Piper-Heidsieck champagne bottles are covered in red vinyl corsets for the Y2K New Year’s celebrations.

Gaultier designs the costumes for Chinese actor and singer Leslie Cheung’s Passion Tour 2000.


Gaultier designs the costumes for the ‘Geisha’ and ‘Flamenco’ sequences of Madonna’s Drowned World Tour.

Gaultier designs the costumes for characters played by Josiane Balasko and Nathalie Baye in the film Absolument Fabuleux (Absolutely
Fabulous), directed by Gabriel Aghion; Gaultier plays the role of designer in the film.

Gaultier is named a Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor (France).


The first Jean Paul Gaultier boutique in the United States opens on Madison Avenue, New York; interior designer Philippe Starck collaborates on the decor.

Gaultier designs the costumes for the character played by Catherine Deneuve in the television movie Les Liaisons dangereuses, directed by Josée Dayan.

Gaultier designs the costumes for the Absolut Vodka ad campaign.

Gaultier designs the costumes for American choreographer Karole Armitage’s ballet Pinokkio, presented at the Schouwburg Orpheus, Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

The Paris boutique on avenue George V opens. Gaultier designs the costumes for singer Sheila’s show at the Olympia, Paris.


Gaultier designs the costumes for the launch, music video and cover of Marilyn Manson’s album The Golden Age of Grotesque.

Nicole Kidman receives the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the film The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry. She wears a gown from the haute couture collection Buttons (spring–summer 2003).

Hermes hires Gaultier as creative director of women’s pret-a-porter.
The first men’s cosmetic and skincare line, Tout beau Tout propre, is launched.


The Gaultier Jean’s line, now manufactured by Euro Cormar, becomes Jean’s Paul Gaultier.

Gaultier’s first Hermes collection is presented (women’s pret-a-porter autumn– winter 2004–2005).

Gaultier designs the costumes for the character played by Gaël García Bernal in
the film La mala educación (Bad Education), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, which opens the Cannes Film Festival.

The exhibition Pain Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier is presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

Gaultier’s couture house relocates to the former Palais des arts de l’Avenir du prolétariat on the rue Saint-Martin, in Paris.


A third perfume for women and men, GAULTIER2, evokes the sensuality of two bodies touching.


Gaultier designs the costumes for Madonna’s Confessions Tour.
Gaultier designs the costumes for Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés’s Mi

Soledad world tour.

The thirtieth anniversary of the Gaultier couture house is celebrated at the Olympia, Paris, with a magic show presented by the designer.


Catherine Deneuve presents the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in a gown from the Virgins (or Madonnas) collection (haute couture spring–summer 2007).

Le Défilé, a retrospective exhibition at the Musée de la mode et du textile, Paris, presents the costumes designed for performances choreographed by Régine Chopinot.


Marion Cotillard wins an Oscar and a César for Best Actress for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose (La Môme), directed by Olivier Dahan. She wears a white mermaid gown from the Mermaids collection (haute couture spring–summer 2008).

Kylie Minogue is dressed by Gaultier for her X Tour 2008 world tour.
Gaultier designs the costumes for the ballet Snow White, choreographed by Angelin


In collaboration with Evian, Gaultier designs five ‘haute couture’ bottles, produced by Baccarat.

The perfume Ma Dame, created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, is launched.


Gaultier designs the costumes for singer Mylene Farmer’s No. 5 tour. The first Junior Gaultier line for children is launched.


A capsule collection for Target, the American retail chain, is launched.

Gaultier is invited to redesign the Elle Décoration suite at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, following in the footsteps of Martin Margiela and Christian Lacroix.

Gaultier collaborates with Roche Bobois on the design of the Jean Paul Gaultier mobile furniture line, as well as re-issues of iconic pieces, notably the Ben Hur mobile armchair, designed for VIA in 1992.

Gaultier’s collection for La Perla is presented.

Receives the prize for Best Designer at the 2010 Prix d’Excellence de la Mode, Paris. The last Hermes collection designed by

Gaultier is presented (women’s pret-a-porter spring–summer 2011).


Gaultier designs costumes for the film The Skin I Live In, directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The partnership with Hermes comes to a close. The Catalan group Puig becomes the

majority shareholder in the house of Jean Paul Gaultier.

The first exhibition celebrating Gaultier’s thirty-five-year career is organised by
the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (June 2011).The exhibition travels to the Dallas Museum of Art (November 2011); de Young Museum, San Francisco (March 2012); Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (October 2012);
Kunsthal Rotterdam (February 2013); Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm (June
2013); Brooklyn Museum, New York (October 2013); Barbican Centre, London (April 2014); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (October 2014); Grand Palais, Paris (April 2015); and the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
(September 2015).

The Kokorico men’s fragrance and the Jean Paul Gaultier layette line are launched.


Gaultier designs costumes for Madonna’s MDNA Tour.
Serves as a member of the jury at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

Gaultier receives the Duftstars Award, Berlin, for his entire body of work in fragrance. He is named creative director of Diet Coke, for which he designs three limited-edition bottles and an advertising campaign featuring himself, photographed by Stéphane Sednaoui.

Designs costumes for the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier’s presentation of the opera The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Jean-Paul Scarpitta.

Gaultier is guest of honour at the Cali Exposhow (a major health, beauty and
fashion trade show) in Colombia where, in a first for the country, he presents his most recent haute couture collection.

Designs the Jean Paul Gaultier par Lelievre collection of decor fabrics and accessories.


Gaultier designs costumes for the Swedish comedienne Petra Mede to wear as host of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Presents a show of his haute couture designs at Rome’s AltaRoma AltaModa fashion week, where he is guest of honour.

Creates stage costumes for Mylene Farmer’s Timeless 2013 tour, as well as for Amanda Lear in the play Divina.

Gaultier receives GQ Germany’s Man of the Year Award (fashion category).


Gaultier designs two stage costumes for Kylie’s Kiss Me Once Tour.
Gaultier designs a collection for Swedish brand Lindex to celebrate their 60th


The exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, is held at the National Gallery of Victoria, 17 October 2014 – 8 February 2015.