The Bay Guardian Presents BEAUTIFUL REBELS - A celebration of the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Friday, 4/6 @ 5:30pm
Hosted and Curated by PEACHES CHRIST
It’s FREE. However, Regular Museum admission applies for exhibits.
Opening on March 24, 2012 and continuing its strong track record of exhibitions highlighting the work of the innovators and iconoclasts of the world of fashion, the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park presents, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first exhibition devoted to the celebrated French designer and his personal themes of “equality, diversity and perversity.” The de Young is the exclusive west coast venue for this critically acclaimed international exhibition after its premier at the organizing institution, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its presentation at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view at the de Young in the Herbst Exhibition Galleries from March 24–August 19, 2012.
Dubbed fashion’s “enfant terrible” from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early on, his avant-garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society’s issues and preoccupations, shaking up—with invariable good humor—established societal and aesthetic codes. More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, this major exhibition—which the couturier considers to be a creation in its own right—features approximately 140 ensembles spanning over 35 years from the designer’s couture and ready-to-wear collections, along with their accessories, and numerous archival documents. Many of these extraordinary pieces have never before been exhibited.
“Was there ever a more perfect match than Jean Paul Gaultier and San Francisco?” asked John E. Buchanan, Jr., the recently deceased director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “This exhibition fuses the energy of street culture with haute couture craftsmanship and presents it through the lens of cutting edge multimedia that is synonymous to the Bay Area. As the exclusive venue for previous exhibitions of the work of Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga, we know the Bay Area is ready to explore the oeuvre of yet another master of design, Jean Paul Gaultier.
FREE ADMISSION to Beautiful Rebels party! (Regular Exhibit admission applies to museum galleries)
With A Fantastical Fashion Show Featuring A Cavalcade Of Costumes & Performance!
Starring Local Superstar Designers:
MISTER DAVID (Some Thing, House Of More)
TRIA (Peaches Christ’s Couturier)
MRS. VERA (Verasphere)
And A Special Performance By Queer Electro-Pop Duo:
With Dancing! Music Courtesy Of:
David Sternesky and Mat dos Santos (ROCKET COLLECTIVE)
Make Your Own Gaultier Inspired Jewelry W/ Crafty Artist:
HAUTE GLOO (Some Thing)