Gaultier's Corsets for Madonna, Now in a Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier's facsimile sketch for Madonna's tour in 1989

Pop star Madonna's pointy corsets are now museum material. They are part of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier's new show at the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibit includes 130 outfits and 32 animated mannequins who talk and have facial expressions (see one in action in the video below).

Gaultier said he resisted the idea of having his collection in a museum at first, and he still doesn't think dresses are the same as paintings.

"I don't speak about fashion as an art, but I should say it is to reflect  the desire, the society and the moment," he said.

The designer said he is happy his work is featured in Brooklyn, instead of Manhattan.

"Brooklyn is a very hip part of New York," he said. "So I am very flattered that at my age I am in the hip one, you know." 

"Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" was first on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and it will be presented in 10 cities.

To listen to Gaultier explain why he doesn't think fashion is art, click on the audio link.


Gaultier in front of a mannequin that replicates his own face and voice
Gaultier in front of a mannequin that replicates his own face and voice ( Gisele Regatao )
Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway’s 1989 film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.
Helen Mirren in Peter Greenaway’s 1989 film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. ( Photo by Miramax Films/Photofest. ©Miramax Films )
One of the designs in Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Tribute to Amy Winehouse” women’s haute couture spring-summer collection of 2012
One of the designs in Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Tribute to Amy Winehouse” women’s haute couture spring-summer collection of 2012
Milla Jovovich as Leeloo in Luc Besson’s 1997 film The Fifth Element.
Milla Jovovich as Leeloo in Luc Besson’s 1997 film The Fifth Element. ( Photo by Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment/Photofest. © Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment )
“Apparitions” gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Virgins (or Madonnas)” women’s haute couture spring-summer collection of 2007.
“Apparitions” gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Virgins (or Madonnas)” women’s haute couture spring-summer collection of 2007. ( Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier )
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