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A Look Back: Artworks By Maison Jean Paul Gaultier.

In July 2014 Jean Paul Gaultier collaborated with the Barbican Art Gallery and the London College of Design, Montreal to exhibit from the Jean Paul Gaultier archives a selection of iconic invitations and advertising campaigns. The artworks selected in partnership with Gaultier himself provided insight into how the designer shaped his image and translated his visionary catwalk collections into iconic invitations and advertising campaigns.

Advertising Campaign for ‘A Wardrobe for Two’ Collection, Women’s Prêt-à-Porter Spring/Summer 1985

This was the first time this extraordinary body of work had been exhibited. The collection, seen only before by industry insiders, revealed the themes and concepts that led to his long-standing reputation as fashion’s enfant terrible.

‘The Concierge is in the Staircase’ Collection, Women’s Prêt-à-Porter Spring/Summer 1988
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Advertising Campaign for the ‘Chic Rabbis’ Collection, Women’s Prêt-à-Porter Autumn/Winter 1993–4

The graphic design works traced a trajectory through the evolution of his work and included campaigns for seminal collections, including ‘A Wardrobe for Two’ prêt-à-porter collection of spring/summer 1985, in which Gaultier introduced his concepts for androgynous clothing, through to his ‘Tribute to Frida Kahlo’ collection of spring/summer 1998, which highlighted the cultural influences in his work.

Ad Campaign for the ‘Tribute to Frida Kahlo’ Collection, Women’s Prêt-à-Porter Spring/Summer 1998, Art Direction by Jean Paul Gaultier and Illustration by Fred Langlais

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