Dita Von Teese with Dark Garden’s Autumn Adamme
Gaultier Gala, de Young Museum, San Francisco
Friday, March 23, 2012
Photo: Dark Garden Blog.
SFWeekly: Jean Paul Gaultier and Dita Von Teese Talk Couture, Tattoos, Vintage Shopping in S.F.
By Kate Conger
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Fashion icons Dita Von Teese and Jean Paul Gaultier celebrate Gaultier’s exhibition at La Grande Fete on Friday at the de Young Museum.|
Known in the fashion world as the enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier maintains his exuberantly youthful attitude after nearly 40 years as an haute couture designer. It’s apparent in his abundant enthusiasm for telling stories — particularly about growing up with his grandmother — as well as his consistent chuckle and his stride, which is occasionally punctuated with little skips.
There’s a new bad boy creative in town, and his name is Jean Paul Gaultier. Never mind that the deeply respected Parisian designer is 59 years young, or that he is (regrettably) here for a few days to celebrate the opening of his remarkable retrospective exhibit at the deYoung Museum. For the next little while, JPG has everyone on their leather-chap-and-cone-bra breast behavior. So San Francisco’s homegrown bad boy creative, designer Ken Fulk, took it upon himself to show ‘new’ boy Gaultier the, uh, ropes. And what a rootin’ tootin’, ropin’ ridin’ roundup it turned out to be! Staged in the very OK corral of his atelier, the former Mr. S. Leather factory on Folsom, Fulk hosted a devious dinner for 100+ extremely elegant exhibit patrons, followed by a deviant disco that included another 200 of San Francisco’s finest fashionistas and fabulistas. Somewhere between the identical twin angels playing heavy metal standards in unison on their harps, and the glittery leather boy photo ops, Fulk presented the ultimate Gaultier tribute: a fifteen-minute burlesque striptease by JPG’s impossibly luscious muse and sometime model Dita Von Teese. Resplendent in a dazzle of pink Swarovski stones, Von Teese mesmerized the seen-it-all supperclub swells with her cowboy-themed crystal chaps and paps, her sensuous shimmies reminding the revelers just why burlesque was born. The evening, and her performance, may have peaked when she straddled her pink padded mechanical bull with the crystal horns, but the wild ride of a party was far from over. When Fulk’s fabulous fete finally wound down in the wee hours, the good and bad boys and girls affirmed that THE party to go to was THIS party for Jean Paul Gaultier.
— Jean Paul Gaultier (@JPGaultier) March 22, 2012
— Zem Joaquin (@zem) March 22, 2012
The joyful visit of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier to Dallas has been like a magic Shakespearean potion, allowing the art aristocracy of an occasionally uptight city to relax and let its freak flag fly. JPG (as he is known the cognoscente) was here for Sunday’s opening of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk at the Dallas Museum of Art. But events kicked off last Wednesday with a luncheon for the exhibit’s host committee at the Dallas Museum of Art, co-hosted by the Forty-Five Ten clothes boutique. Neo-burlesque queen Dita von Teese left her lacy garments at the hotel and arrived in silk overalls. The pale pink outfit featured Gaultier’s well-known conical breastplates made famous by Madonna. Gaultier personally escorted von Teese through the entire exhibit.
Actress Jacqueline Anderson ( Ed, Law & Order, As the World Turns) also came dressed in Gaultier. She is married to the newly appointed director of the DMA, Max Anderson. DMA donors Deedie Rose and Cindy Rachofsky are widely credited with landing the Gaultier show for its U.S. premiere. They both attended in JPG outfits. Moet and Chandon provided the champagne that flowed liberally and helped the cash registers to ring nonstop at the Gaultier-themed gift shop. At the Wednesday night reception for the DMA show, French-born DMA curator Oliver Meslay had his dual loyalties on display. The Texas flag was spray-painted into his hair on one side of his head, the French Tricolor on the other. Meslay served as emcee of both the daytime and evening events. Until the recent appointment of Max Anderson, he has been interim director of the museum. Dita von Teese arrived in an outfit that did not disappoint. The floor-length, black Gaultier gown was a corset-style affair. But rather than lacing up in back, it laced in front across the von Teese’s décolletage.