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Cone bras and a teddy bear in Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

March 24, 2012 |  7:00 am

Dita Von Teese, Jean Paul Gaultier
Fashion design shown for the art that it is has become all the rage the last few years, with exhibitions from Chanel, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, among others.

On Saturday, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” opens at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore says the exhibition, which runs through Aug. 19, "spotlights almost four decades of the French designer’s collections that pushed the boundaries of gender, sexuality, multiculturalism and good taste — all in the name of promoting diversity — and inspired a generation of enfants terribles" (including McQueen). Moore's report on the exhibition appears in this Sunday's Image section, along with a list of some of the other fashion-as-art exhibitions around the world this year.

My favorite tidbit: For Gaultier, it all started with fashioning a cone bra out of newsprint for a teddy bear when he was 8 years old. The bear is on display right along with costumes for Madonna, garments inspired by Hasidic Jews, corsets and mermaid gowns. 

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-- Susan Denley  

Photo: Dita Von Teese, left, has been a muse and sometime model for Jean Paul Gaultier, right, whose exhbition opens in San Francisco on Saturday. Credit:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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