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.
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 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.