Before Miley, there was Madonna. And Madonna was synonymous with the groundbreaking French fashion of Jean Paul Gaultier. In 2010, the fashion designer forayed into furniture, with his own furniture collection for the Paris-based furniture and home accessories brand, Roche Bobois. This winter, Roche Bobois has partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to showcase the Jean Paul Gaultier Collection as part of the Museum’s The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibit, through this Sunday February 23rd.
The exhibition, which is the first international exhibition dedicated to the French designer, features a number of Mr. Gaultier’s newest additions to the fashion-meets-furniture collection. For Roche Bobois’s Jean Paul Gaultier Collection, the designer has re-imagined the brand’s Mah Jong sofa in a couture textile, as well as whimsically added wheels to a pair of Ben Hur chairs made of aluminum and upholstered in velvet. Also on displays is a hand-tufted striped Jean Paul Gaultier Rug, inspired by the striped boat shirt made famous by the designer himself.
Centered around seven themes of Gaultier’s top inspirations, and in addition to featuring 140 haute couture pieces, The Fashion World showcases what happens when the creative imagination of one of France’s most beloved high-end fashion designers partners with one France’s most acclaimed high-end furniture brands. The result is an exciting and – as always with Gaultier – upbeat and unique collection of home furnishings, beautifully executed through Roche Bobois’ expertise in creating high-quality pieces.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier was created by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris. Following it’s New York presentation at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition will open in London in April 2014.
Roche Bobois’ Spring 2014 collection continues the collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Next up? The introduction of a number of new pieces in beautifully designed Gaultier fabrics.