World Expo

Exhibition "Jean Paul Gaultier from A to Z" on the France Pavilion of Dubai 2020 Expo, from February 28 to March 31, 2022.

Invited to represent France at the Dubai World Expo, this exhibition on the work of Jean Paul Gaultier is the 17th in collaboration with Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, following The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier and Love is Love. “My clothes are, in a way, the best passport to make my ideas travel”, claimed Jean Paul Gaultier. Beyond the clothes, beyond the sympathetic character with his bleached hair and his contagious laughter, and well beyond the codes that he shook up with humor and sensitivity, the “enfant terrible of French fashion” has proposed a fashion beyond fashion, beyond trends. Over the seasons, he presented creations filled with humanism, tolerance, and universal values, which captured and claimed societal issues the designer has conveyed, collection after collection, for nearly fifty years. The history of fashion is not only written with silhouettes and trendy accessories, but also with real commitment.

Exhibition "Jean Paul Gaultier from A to Z" on the France Pavilion of Dubai 2020 Expo, from February 28 to March 31, 2022.

Invited to represent France at the Dubai World Expo, this exhibition on the work of Jean Paul Gaultier is the 17th in collaboration with Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, following The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier and Love is Love. “My clothes are, in a way, the best passport to make my ideas travel”, claimed Jean Paul Gaultier. Beyond the clothes, beyond the sympathetic character with his bleached hair and his contagious laughter, and well beyond the codes that he shook up with humor and sensitivity, the “enfant terrible of French fashion” has proposed a fashion beyond fashion, beyond trends. Over the seasons, he presented creations filled with humanism, tolerance, and universal values, which captured and claimed societal issues the designer has conveyed, collection after collection, for nearly fifty years. The history of fashion is not only written with silhouettes and trendy accessories, but also with real commitment.

Gaultier’s humanistic vision has shaken up, diverted, transgressed, and reinvented the codes of the fashion industry and society. His inclusive fashion, with a social message, celebrates plural beauties, diversity but also individuality as well as particularities. According to Andy Warhol, “what Jean Paul Gaultier does is really art”. In 1984, François Mitterrand, then President of the French Republic, declared about fashion and haute couture: “I believe that we must treat fashion around two ideas. The first is that it is an art. We will say a ‘minor art’. Who knows? For my part, I observe that it is, because of its very importance, a major art. The creation of fashion styles can be considered one of the fine arts.”

This exhibition, a world premiere, takes you on a journey to discover the work of an artist, Jean Paul Gaultier, from A to Z, as well as the exceptional know-how of his Parisian haute couture ateliers. From the corset to the Parisienne, from sailors to his iconic perfumes, from Madonna to Frida Kahlo, his sources of inspiration are infinite and inexhaustible. The Dubai World Expo (EXPO 2020) aims to reflect the cultural challenges of our society, but also to help build the future, our future. Choosing Jean Paul Gaultier to represent France in its pavilion was an obvious choice, since his universal language can be understood by all. A national treasure? Certainly. An international treasure? Definitely!

Credits 

Thierry-Maxime Loriot
Curator of the exhibition "Jean Paul Gaultier from A to Z"

Copyright text ©Thierry-Maxime Loriot

© Emil Larsson, Butterfly corset, 2021

Haute couture SS 2014, Les Papillons

© Herb Ritts, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tokyo, 1990

Herb Ritts Foundation / Trunk Archives

© Patrice Stable, Dita Von Teese

Haute couture SS 2014, Les Papillons

© Emil Larsson, MDNA, 2013

© Emil Larsson, Kylie X Tour, 2009

Collection Les Actrices, modèle Barbarella

Haute couture FW 2009–2010

© Emil Larsson, Dita von Teese corset, 2013

Haute couture FW 2010–2011, Les Parisiennes

© Emil Larsson, Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour gold corset, 1990, (Dazed & Confused), 2008