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The original provocateur

The “Barbarella” body corset from Haute Couture, Gaultier’s 2009–2010 winter collection.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s famous lingerie ready-to-wear, from a 1977 collection, helped make him the bad boy of fashion.

We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the de Young's La Grande Fete opening party with Jean Paul Gaultier this Friday, March 23! Enter to win on our Facebook page. Winners announced Thursday, March 22 at noon.

Many a fashion designer has been called an enfant terrible at one time or another, usually after producing a particularly racy collection. But Jean Paul Gaultier truly owns the title. And now his designs—lingerie as ready-to-wear, bondage, blue-and-white-striped sailor motifs, shredded London-punk looks—are coming to a museum that’s played host to some of the most memorable fashion exhibitions in recent memory: the de Young. Come for Madonna’s conical bra but stay for the Mongolian jackets, the mermaid gowns, the Hussar collection, the couture, and the Parisian pageantry. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, March 24–Aug. 19, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., S.F., 415-750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org