Around a monumental wedding cake, Love Is Love features Jean Paul Gaultier’s most beautiful bridal creations. Their daring lines and exquisite artistry bear witness to the eccentricity of this iconoclastic designer who is renowned for his spectacular silhouettes as well as his humanist, inclusive vision. This celebration of marriage and love brings together heterosexual, homosexual, intercultural and interracial couples in diversity and peace.
In 2011, the MMFA presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international retrospective devoted to the famous French designer. Produced by the MMFA in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, it captivated over two million visitors in twelve cities around the world (Montreal, Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London, Melbourne, Paris, Munich and Seoul) – a record for a fashion exhibition!
“The tour of the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier gave me the opportunity to show my creations around the world. I call this show by the MMFA ‘my biggest fashion show ever!’ In keeping with tradition, whereby an haute couture fashion show finishes with the bridal gown and to thank Quebecers for their enthusiasm for my work, but also the MMFA’s creative team behind this record-setting tour, it is only fitting that the grand finale feature my most beautiful wedding gowns, most of which are being shown for the first time in this Montreal exclusive. Love Is Love, long live the newlyweds!”
~Jean Paul Gaultier~
Iconoclastic Haut Couture Creations:
The tradition of concluding haute couture shows with a bridal gown was introduced by Christian Dior in 1949 and continued by other haute couture houses such as Lanvin and Balmain.
A defender of diversity, Jean Paul Gaultier revisited the classic white dress. Since his beginnings in 1976 with his ready-to-wear line, the “enfant terrible de la mode” presented spectacular bridal creations that challenged stereotypes and dress codes with humour:
in 1990, the bride’s veil was attached to the decor, which fell at the end of the show;
in 1992, a headdress created from toilet paper rolls was unfurled over the podium like a veil;
in 2005, for his collection Tribute to Africa, he created a shield-veil, like a tribal mask, covered with pleated tulle.
In 2013, he paid tribute to David Bowie with his collection Ashes to Ashes and the final outfit made of silk faille with tulle flounces embroidered with Swarovski crystals.
in 2015, further to the debate in 2013 in France about marriage for all, a bustier with a train, topped with an elaborate headdress made of curlers, for his collection 61 Ways to Say Yes, became the season’s theme with outfits named To be or not to bi, Jamais avant le mariage and La mariée bipolaire.
In 2006, firmly believing in equal rights, Gaultier presented his collection Gay Wedding, where his muse, Tanel Bedrossiantz, closed the show with his “husband.” In 2011, his grand finale featured the Quebecer Ève Salvail as a “Black Swan” bride, wearing a draped 3D corset dress. And for his collection Punk Cancan, the bride was a man.