|Pictured: A talking, multimedia version of Gaultier greets visitors to the DeYoung Museum exhibit. (photo: M. Hall)|
|Pictured: A dress Gaultier designed shown with his sketches for Madonna's tour. (photo M. Hall)|
|Pictured: A few of Gaultier's iconic creations at the DeYoung Museum (photo: M. Hall)|
Many of the garments in the exhibit have storyboards alongside them describing how many hours of labor it took seamstresses and craftsmen to create them, and what materials were used in their construction. After reading those storyboards, and the hours it took to create many of the garments, I came away with a new appreciation for Jean Paul Gaultier. He is a designer who is very much a non-conformist, but he is also a great artist who has created innovative, although not always commercial, designs. If you live in San Francisco, or you're a tourist visiting the city with an interest in fashion, put this exhibit on your list. There are only a few more weeks to see this unique display. Tickets are priced at $20.00 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, students and children.
After San Francisco, the exhibit will move on to Spain. The exhibit will be shown at Madrid's FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE from October 6, 2012 to Januarty 6, 2013. New additions for Spain will include a specially-conceived grouping located within the Urban Jungle section that illustrates how some of Spain's most cherished cultural icons, from toreros to flamenco dancers, have influenced the couturier's work. A special highlight of the Madrid exhibit will be Gaultier's eye-catching costumes for films by Pedro Almodovar (from sketches to final versions), which will be installed in a dedicated gallery also exclusive to the Madrid venue.
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