The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Jean Paul Gaultier pays tribute to Britain's 'cult of difference'
Vistors look at designs during the press preview for "The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" exhibition, showcasing the work of French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Barbican Centre in central London on April 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT.
LONDON (AFP).- French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier paid hommage to London and the British "cult of the difference" as he opened a major retrospective at the city's Barbican on Tuesday.

"This exhibition is a kind of tribute to my love for this city," he said at the launch of "The Fashion world of Jean-Paul Gaultier, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk".

"I feel more at home (in London) than in Paris in certain ways. There is a unique energy here, a unique eccentricity," he explained, adding that the city is still a great source of inspiration to him.

The charismatic designer, clad entirely in black, sparked hilarity by declaring that the British were now much improved in the kitchen and were in reality "little rascals", contrary to their prudish image.

He recalled that the Brits were the first to take an interest in his work, while the French initially "did not care".

"I have always loved individuality and people with character, and it's true that in London there's more character than anywhere else," he told AFP. "They have this cult of being different that I especially love."

It was in the British capital -- where he came "to party" in the 1970s -- that Gaultier made two significant discoveries: fashion store "Biba", which he described as "like a dream," and the play "The Rocky Horror Show," which heavily influenced his later work.

London is the eighth stop for the exhibition, launched by the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal in 2011. The retrospective, already seen by a million visitors according to the organisers, will be held in Paris at the Grand Palais in 2015.

London's influence on Gaultier is highlighted in the show by silhouettes of punks sporting huge mohawks. The exhibition also pays tribute to his British "muses," including Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, David Bowie and Boy George.

One room is devoted to "Eurotrash", the outlandish adult television show hosted by Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes on Britain's Channel 4 during the 1990s.

One particular highlight featured the pair in disguise as Prince Charles and his wife Diana, earning it the title of "the grossest show in the history of British television" from tabloid newspaper The Sun.

The exhibition runs from April 9 to August 25.



© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

April 10, 2014

East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

Germany lifts confiscation order on Nazi-era art hoard after more than two years

Artemis Gallery LIVE's Spring Variety Sale offers tremendous buys of ancient / ethnographic art

Stanford surgeon's love of Rodin's hand sculptures leads to innovative Cantor exhibition

Hong Kong police search landfill for $3.7 million painting dumped by cleaners at Grand Hyatt hotel

Nebuchadnezzar II Babylonian cylinder sets world auction record at Doyle New York

Exhibition of monumental works by Giuseppe Penone opens at Gagosian Gallery in London

Stockholm unveils plans for Nobel Prize home designed by David Chipperfield

Rare Russian coins discovered by Morton & Eden, to be auctioned on June 10

Franz is Here! Franz Ferdinand's Voyage Round the World" opens at the Weltmuseum in Vienna

Tate publishes Audio Arts, 245 hours of material featuring 1,640 interview contributions

Antik A.S. to offer an exceptional auction of Modern & Contemporary Art in Istanbul

Renovated and expanded Tacoma Art Museum to open to the public on November 16, 2014

A great Indian fruit bat helps Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Sale take wing with £4.5 M sale

Invocable Reality: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona opens group exhibition

Viennese art: Feminism; Richard Saltoun presents the work of Valie Export and Friedl Kubelka

Longitude Punk'd: Steampunks take over the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Russo-French artist Boris Zaborov opens exhibition at Friedman & Vallois

Art Cologne presents large-format works: Joel Shapiro, Ai Weiwei, and Jeppe Hein

Jean Paul Gaultier pays tribute to Britain's 'cult of difference'

Milwaukee Art Museum announces new Curator of American and Decorative Arts

Bonhams Space History Sale rockets to success in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site