Inside the incredible fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier

    "There is not only one type of beauty. As a child," Gaultier explains, "my attention was always drawn to those women who didn't look like everyone else."

    From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
    Jean Paul Gaultier
    Jean Paul Gaultier's first "cone-bra" model

    Fashion bad-boy, Jean Paul Gaultier’s provocative multi-media exhibition, “From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”  will be on show March 24- August 19 in San Francisco and any fashionista within a plane ride away should buy a ticket now.

    Jean Paul Gaultier
    Jean Paul Gaultier speaking to the press at de Young

    I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the press opening, where Gaultier regaled us with stories about his childhood (his teddy bear, Nana, was his original fit-model for his “cone bra”, later worn by Madonna on her 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour) how this show came to be, his love of San Francisco, where he gets his design ideas (after opening a can of cat food one day, he was inspired to create a line of tin can jewelry) to his thoughts on beauty.

    Jean Paul Gaultier
    Gaultier's tin can jewelry

    “There is not only one type of beauty. As a child,” Gaultier explains, “my attention was always drawn to those women who didn’t look like everyone else.”

    He went on to say that he was more interested in character, personality, and a sense of uniqueness, perhaps because as a child he was rejected for being different.

    Jean Paul Gaultier
    Amazing life-like mannequins might burst into song

    The dynamic, multi-media exhibition (complete with animated mannequins who playfully speak, sing and even wink at you ) includes 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between the mid-1970s and 2010, along with numerous sketches, archival documents, fashion photographs, and video clips that spotlight Gaultier’s collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers, and musicians.

    Madonna Jean Paul Gauntier
    Teddy bear's "cone-bra" on Madonna

    San Francisco Bay Area Film and TheaterFrom the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

    Mar 24 – Aug 19

    de Young Museum50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr415.750.3600

    Tickets can be purchased on the de Young’s website:

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    Janice Nieder
    Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. Previously a specialty food consultant in NYC, Janice is currently a SF-based culinary tourism writer who has wined & dined her way through 80 countries. To keep things in balance, Janice also enjoys writing about her Girlfriend Getaways which include spa visits, soft-core adventure, cultural events, shopping, boutique hotels, and chef interviews.