The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Dongdeamun Design Plaza
Seoul, South Korea

Mar 25 - Jun 30, 2016


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Since starting its international tour in June 2011, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” has drawn more than a million visitors; the show will make it's 12 stop in Seoul Korea at the Dongdeamun Design Plaza.

In the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, we invite you to explore Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion world. With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history.

Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.

This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson's The Fifth Element.

Gaultier’s rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Stéphane Sednaoui, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol are also shown together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances.

About the location:

Inaugurated in 2014, this multifunctional arts complex located in a lively district near the Dongdaemun Gate was designed by architect Zaha Hadid and features several galleries, performance venues and design labs. A veritable cultural hub, the DDP will host Seoul Fashion Week in March 2016 at the same time it opens the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.

For More information on the traveling show's World Tour please visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Website


Dongdaemun Design Plaza
281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours
Open Tuesday - Sunday
Art Hall 10:00-21:00
Museum 10:00-19:00 (Wed, Fri 10:00-21:00)

DDP's Website