Scribbling ferociously at his desk, Jean Paul Gaultier pops in and out of view between animated sketches and gyrating models donning cage skirts, avant-garde hats, and cone bra dresses. Their gloved hands tap against painted faces, colorless as a mannequin’s plastic flesh with heavily outlined eyes and black cherry lips. The couturier himself, with severely bleached blonde hair and pasty skin, frames his face with golden thimble-tipped fingers. Gaultier’s boyish smile exudes youth in the most exuberant yet sophisticated sense of the word. With unbridled intensity he speaks to the camera, his mouth captured in agitated, soundless motion. His words are muted, his actions unaccompanied with any explanation, and the designer’s eighties single “Aow Tou Dou Zat” is mimed as passersby make a beeline for the real attraction: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.”
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