The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, August 15, 2022


'I've always been a feminist': Jean-Paul Gaultier becomes curator
A view shows creations during the exhibition "CineMode par Jean-Paul" by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier at the French Cinematheque in Paris on September 30, 2021. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP.

by Olga Nedbaeva



PARIS.- Having achieved pretty much everything there was to achieve in the fashion world, Jean Paul Gaultier is opening himself up to new horizons since retiring from the business last year.

The former "enfant terrible" of French fashion has curated an exhibition in Paris on the power of women, taking in screen icons from Marilyn Monroe to this year's shocking Palme d'Or winner "Titane".

"I've always been a feminist," the 69-year-old told AFP on a tour of the exhibition.

"I wanted to show the evolution of women and men in cinema and fashion. Men becoming more feminine and women taking on more and more power and freedom."

"Cinemode", which opens at the Cinematheque Francaise this Wednesday, brings together hand-picked film clips, photos and costumes.

Gaultier has himself straddled the worlds of film and fashion, having designed costumes for Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar, and most famously for the 1990s sci-fi hit "The Fifth Element".

He has a particular taste for icons of the 1950s and 1960s, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

"In the same era, Brigitte Bardot was extremely modern and free, while Marilyn was the female-object par excellence," he said.

He stops to observe Bardot dancing wildly in a scene from "And God Created Woman".

"This was demented for the 1950s!" he exclaims gleefully.

He also loves Bardot's pink chequered wedding dress that is on display: "She had an incredible fashion sense."




'A new stage'

Gaultier surprised everyone in January 2020 when he announced his retirement after half a century at the top of the fashion world.

He now invites a young designer to create an haute couture collection for his house each season, but wants new challenges for himself.

"It's a new stage. I don't want to do simply fashion anymore," he said.

"This feels like I'm creating a new collection. It's a new adventure, mixing fashion with cinema.

"The theme is the mix of styles -- the poor with the rich, the working class with the aristocracy, the extremes meeting each other and creating new babies."

Still with a finger on the pulse of popular culture, the collection runs right up to the present moment, with images from "Titane", the Palme-winning body horror movie about a woman exacting violent revenge on men.

"It's enormously well-made film that shows a very powerful woman in a very modern way," said Gaultier.

The exhibition also features a return to his origins, since it includes the 1945 film "Paris Frills" by director Jacques Becker that set a young Jean-Paul on his career path.

"That was my bible. I didn't go to fashion school, so it was my education -- a fabulous portrait of the world of couture," he said.

"There was a catwalk show and the spectators were applauding and I told myself: 'I want to do that job!'"


© Agence France-Presse










Today's News

October 5, 2021

Artemis Gallery to host Oct. 7 Exceptional Auction featuring museum-quality antiquities

Art sales rebound to record $2.7 billion

Warhol's portrait of Basquiat from the collection of Peter Brant highlights Christie's sale

Discovery at the National Museum of Norway reveals unknown underdrawings in Edvard Munch's Madonna

'Secret masterpiece' by Claude Lalanne sold in Paris

Exhibition of Sky Pape's recent work on view at June Kelly Gallery

Exhibition exposes damage done to the American landscape and environment by the U.S. military and related industries

'I've always been a feminist': Jean-Paul Gaultier becomes curator

Five emerging Black artists explore their inner lives in INWARD: Reflections on Interiority

Artcurial to offer a version of the portrait of Mona Lisa in its Old Masters & 19th Century Art

Alvaro Barrington's first solo presentation in a UK institution opens at South London Gallery

22 museums, galleries and networks secure Art Fund Reimagine Grants

Christie's 20th / 21st Century Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London is now online for browsing

Clark Art Institute names Daphne Birdsey to lead advancement efforts

New immersive installation transforms Rowan University Art Gallery into a microcosmic forest

Rocky Nook publishes 'The Art & Science of Drawing: Learn to Observe, Analyze, and Draw Any Subject'

Artcurial to offer works by Enki Bilal in Contemporary Drawing Sale

The 2021 Cordis Prize for Tapestry Shortlist revealed

Review: In 'Six,' all the Tudor ladies got talent

'Mad' Israeli quest to revive ancient dates bears fruit

Review: In 'Upload,' do blockchains dream of electric lizards?

Musicians flee Afghanistan, fearing Taliban rule

Nora Brown, the banjo prodigy singing tales of Appalachia

Silent disco helps South Africans beat virus blues

Working as a virtual assistant can support your creative career

How To Understand Emotional Needs of a Child?

Caesars Casino Review

The Reasons Why You Are Still Poor




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
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. 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 Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful