The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Coming to the Dallas Museum of Art on November 13th is the first exhibition purely dedicated to the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, who is indisputably one of the most groundbreaking designers of our time. His early sketches and concepts caught the eye of Pierre Cardin in the early 70's, which led to Gaultier's first collection in 1976. Because of his unusual and unique perspective, and given his young age, he was dubbed by critics as the "enfant terrible" of the fashion world. He went on to design 10 of his own namesake brands, including an Haute Couture collection, and also was asked to take on the role of creative director of Hermes from 2003-2010. He draws his inspiration largely from pop culture, taking everyone from Madonna to Klaus Nomi as muses, in addition to television, and stars of the stage and film. The exhibit contains 140 Haute Couture and Ready-to-wear pieces spanning his entire career.

Dallas is blessed to be the first of only 2 cities to which this exhibit is traveling. Additionally, our own agency director Siobhan Westapher has accepted a seat on the welcoming committee board alongside other Dallasites in the industry.