The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk @ the De Young Museum

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Here are some of the photos I took on my walk through of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the De Young Museum. I walked away thinking the following: A) I think I would fumble all over my words if I met Jean Paul Gaultier, B) I will never look at fiber optics, wire, actual film strips, ribbon, lace, leather, and vinyl the same way ever again (THIS is a good thing), C) I want to meet the curator and theater company that helped produce the exhibition, D) next time, I will be taking a day off from work to go to a high-profile exhibition, and E) any exhibition at a major museum on a Saturday is like being on a crowded train. Enjoy the photos AND if you checked out the show, please feel free to leave comments and share your experience!! 🙂

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

3 thoughts on “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk @ the De Young Museum”

  1. My favorites are the ones with the codpiece, and the Cambell’s soup can gauntlet/bracelet (of course, that’s sans soup label)!

    1. YES! I LOVED that idea, actually. Believe it or not, that was the best use of soup cans I’ve ever seen. I’m happy I was able to make the show before it moved onto Boston!!!

  2. I love “Non-conformist designer seeks unusual models – the conventionally pretty need not apply.” I’m drawn to the text, of course, but this statement throws snobbery in a necessary place – the face of an industry and a society that is becoming increasingly monolithic.

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