Jean-Paul Gaultier - Régine Chopinot : The Fashion Parade

December 1, 2007 - April 27, 2008

The exhibition presents approximately 80 costumes from several ballets representative of the fruitful collaboration between these two artists, "enfants térribles" of the universe of fashion and contemporary dance, very fond of insolence and nods to the past.

Régine Chopinot and the Ballet Atlantique-Régine Chopinot (BARC) of the Centre chorégraphique national de La Rochelle generously gave the totality of the costumes made for different productions by the fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier to the CNCS in Moulins and to the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris.

80 silhouettes, almost 328 costumes and accessories now make up the collection of dance costumes the most representative of the work of Jean-Paul Gaultier whose creations accompanied each of the productions of the choreographer, from Délices in 1983 to Soli-Bach in 1994.

In a partnership between the Museum of Decorative Arts and the CNCS, the exhibition "Jean-Paul Gaultier - Régine Chopinot: Le Défilé", presented by the two institutions, focuses on the fourteen ballets, fruit of the creative insolence of Régine Chopinot and Jean-Paul Gaultier, including: Délices (dresses, corsets), Via (crinolines), Les Rats (square tutus), A la Rochelle, il n'y a pas que des pucelles, K.O.K. (amusing dressing gowns), Ana, Façade (trompe l'oeil suits). The most well-known work is without a doubt Le Défilé, an atypical work created in 1985 for sixteen dancers, actors and models. This work, half fashion parade, half ballet marked the history of contemporary fashion in reconciling a new generation of choreographers with dance costumes, which had been reduced to their simplest form since the 1960s.

Régine Chopinot and Jean-Paul Gaultier, two young creators, threw themselves into this game of jostling, playing with the same insolence of a common disrespect for all academicism. Their talents are expressed through the rupture with established forms. They are filled with a strong will to distinguish themselves from past generations, with a pronounced taste for the mixture of know-how and encounters with other artistic forms such as image (film and video), music, theatre and literature.

This exhibition is a adaptation of that of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris.

Commissariat de l’exposition et direction artistique

Olivier Saillard

Curator

A fashion historian, Olivier Saillard was born in Pontarlier on 27th June 1967. As a child he happily took refuge in the attic where his mother and four sisters hoarded their clothes. It is in this ‘Ali Baba’s cave’ that his passion for fabric, fashion...

Curator

A fashion historian, Olivier Saillard was born in Pontarlier on 27th June 1967. As a child he happily took refuge in the attic where his mother and four sisters hoarded their clothes. It is in this ‘Ali Baba’s cave’ that his passion for fabric, fashion and words became apparent. At the age of twelve he created his own magazine, The Great Fashion Designer, in which he drew the collections and wrote the texts. After art history studies, we was named curator of the Fashion Museum in Marseilles in 1995. In 2002, he was put in charge of programming at the Decorative Art Museum in Paris. In 2005, he was in residence at the villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, the equivalent of the villa Medicis. He has been curator for numerous exhibitions dedicated to among others, Christian Lacroix, Madame Grès, Yohji Yamamoto or Sonia Rykiel. In 2003, he founded SOS (Saillard, Olivier Saillard), a virtual fashion house specialized in « the writing of clothing » which will soon became the subject of real fashion shows. In 2006, his first "fashion designer workshop", proposed 54 « models », 54 poems by Olivier Saillard, read by the model Violeta Sanchez. In 2010, he was appointed director of the Galliera Museum, Parisian fashion museum.

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Delphine Pinasa

Adaptation for the CNCS

While she was delegate director at the CNCS, Delphine Pinasa, was responsible for the adaptation of the exhibition curation for « Jean-Paul Gaultier – Régine Chopinot, the fashion show » for the CNCS. Today Delphine Pinasa is director and...

Adaptation for the CNCS

While she was delegate director at the CNCS, Delphine Pinasa, was responsible for the adaptation of the exhibition curation for « Jean-Paul Gaultier – Régine Chopinot, the fashion show » for the CNCS. Today Delphine Pinasa is director and curator of the Center. This art historian, specialist of stage costumes and ex-delegate director of the CNCS from 2005, has worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the National Opera of Paris from 1993 to 2005, where she was notably in charge of the museographical collection of costumes, she then managed the Costume Heritage department of this theatre from 2001. Delphine Pinasa has been the curator of numerous exhibitions in France and abroad and has published several books in relation to these exhibitions and the history of stage costumes.

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