[T]he man behind some of the most theatrical and decadent designs in fashion history, Jean Paul Gaultier, is taking to the stage: not to act but to create ‘Fashion Freak Show’, a production based on the courturier himself. Written, directed and, of course, designed by Gaultier, the show is set to be based on his life in fashion. Apparently it will be “somewhere between a revue and a fashion show”, it will begin with Gaultier’s creative awakening as a young boy gazing at footage of the Folies Bergère in Paris – where the show will take place, very meta.
Touching on the biggest events in the designer’s life, the show will also feature influence from the worlds of music, film and dance that he has associated with. From Madonna and Kylie Minogue to The Fifth Element’s Luc Besson, the show will celebrate his portfolio spanning eras whether it be disco, funk, New Wave or punk. A poignant tale of an iconic artist’s working life, the piece will also look at Gaultier’s loss of his first serious boyfriend and business partner, Francis Menuge, to AIDS in 1990.
Gaultier explained the title of the show the WWD, telling “Freak c’est chic. For me, difference is beautiful, there is not only one beauty, and in a collection I always like to show mixed directions.” Set to be a cabaret revue “based on a life in fashion: the journalists, the backstage action with the models…it’s all about what we known, only with more feathers and glamour”. A night not to be missed, the show is scheduled to open at the Folies Bergère on 2nd October 2018 so stay tuned.