Globe-trotting style


The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts continues to innovate, under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, it produced the first international exhibit on celebrated french couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.

Called The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the exhibit saw the light of day in Montréal; it was the brainchild of MMFA’s Director and Chief Curator, Nathalie Bondil, and nurtured by the talent of numerous renowned Montréal artists and experts.

Co-produced with the Jean Paul Gaultier Foundation, the exhibit goes well beyond fashion. So far, it has drawn more than a million visitors on a tour that debuted in Montréal, and went on to Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, Melbourne and London. The tour will wrap up in Paris in 2015.

During its 2014 stop at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, about thirty additional mannequins and sections were added to the show, a wink at  the designer’s partly English ancestry.

Montréal’s creative genius also made its mark thanks to the participation of UBU, a Montréal theatre company headed by Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin, which gave life to 32 mannequins created by Québec firm Jolicoeur International in a spirit of pure fun, and to the great astonishment of those who love fashion as an art form.