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Edited by on June 17 2011 at 7:35 AM

The Canadians get all the luck. Not only are they meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before we do, but they also get first dibs on Jean Paul Gaultier‘s new exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” which just opened at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Gaultier Retrospective Opens in Montreal

The designer was on hand to discuss the exhibit and revealed he initially didn’t even want to do it:

“…[A] retrospective usually follows your funeral and I’m still alive, but Nathalie Bondil [director and chief curator at the MMFA] convinced me. The purpose is to show what I want to say through clothes. It is to make clothes that you will love and wear. It’s a good way to show my themes.”

Those themes, explored in “From Sidewalk to Catwalk,” are the Odyssey of JPG, Boudoir, Skin Deep, Punk Can-Can, Urban Jungle and Metropolis and are displayed to full effect on lifelike mannequins. These mannequins bear the faces of real people, filmed and projected onto them, thus giving them the appearance of winking, moving their jaws and speaking.

Gaultier Retrospective Opens in Montreal

Featuring 130 pieces culled from more than 150 of Gauliter’s collections, starting from his first in 1976, the exhibit also includes clothes Gaultier made for films and even Madonna‘s iconic cone bra.

Gaultier Retrospective Opens in Montreal

Luckily, the Canucks won’t be hoarding this exhibit for too long. After it closes at the MMFA October 2nd, it will move to the Dallas Museum of Art from November13th through February 12th and from there to the de Young Museum in San Francisco from the end of March through July. [WWD]

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at fashionindie.com