If you find yourself in Dallas be sure to check out a retrospective of Gaultiers's work being showcased at the Dallas Museum of Art. Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on view at the DMA from November 13, 2011 through February 12, 2012.
When you enter the exhibit you feel as if you have just fallen down the rabbit hole into a new world....the world of Gaultier. Mannequins outfitted as mermaids, sailors and virgins will sing, speak and flirt with you. Each mannequin is suited not only in couture but also with animated faces brought to life by video projection on sculpted faces representing people of artistic inspiration to Gaultier. As you enter easch room you will be filled with a different experience, one is guided into the "Boudouir" and then into a room of "S&M", followed by the "Punk Cancan", the "Metropolis "and finally the "Urban Jungle".
“Art is art and based on one person’s vision,” said Gaultier. “My job in fashion is to be inspired by the desires and needs of the people which sometimes can come across artistically.”