London expo to display Madonna’s conical corset

The iconic corset worn by Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour will go on display at the first major exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier in April 2014.

Madonna famously sported the soft pink cone-cupped bustier over pinstripe trousers for her performance of Express Yourself during the tour.

The garment will be exhibited at London’s Barbican Centre along with stage costumes designed for Kyle Minougue, as well as pieces created for Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element.

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The exhibition also features photography by collaborators such as Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, as well as footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, dance performances and Gaultier’s cult television show, Eurotrash.

Gaultier said: “I am super excited that the show is coming to London for two reasons. The first reason is that I always want to go to London, because London, for me, is a special place. In England I’ve got so many souvenirs and I’ve had so many experiences and I must say that the English were the first ones to come to my shows and appreciate my fashion. If there is one place other than Paris that I should like to live in, it is London.

The second thing is the Barbican. It’s an honour for me because it’s a wonderful gallery and a wonderful place with extraordinary architecture and I think that showing my work there will be beautiful.”

Designed as an installation rather than a conventional fashion retrospective, this theatrically-staged exhibition presents pieces created between the early 1970s and now, many of which are being shown in the UK for the first time.




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