Look from Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall/winter 1991–92 “French Cancan” collection. © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.


Jean Paul Gaultier

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
November 13–February 12

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
June 17–October 2

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
March 24–August 19

Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot

Remember the ’80s? No, not the art, but what you might have worn to the art openings and the clubs, the bars, the chichi restaurants: the whole glittering, louche shebang. For many who aspired to cutting-edge glamour, this meant wearing Jean Paul Gaultier. Applauding one of fashion’s most enduring enfants terribles, this retrospective, subtitled “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” will parade nearly 130 ensembles from the designer’s many couture and prêt-à-porter collections from as early as 1976. Supporting materials will abound, including sketches, as well as photographs and videos of runway shows, dance performances, and the like. Along with opulent illustrations and an essay by Suzy Menkes, the catalogue offers interviews with a band of Gaultier’s muses and collaborators, from Madonna to Martin Margiela, as well as with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Valerie Steele and the consummate showman himself.