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Final Week! Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the de Young

August 10, 2012
Kirsty Gumina

Food and Fashion at San Francisco’s de Young Museum

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Culture and food go hand in hand.  If you are looking for an afternoon of both delectable fare and intriguing art, may we suggest a enjoying a finely tailored bite to eat at the de Young Museum Café followed by a viewing of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in its final North American stop at the de Young.

Head over to the de Young Café for lunch where our chef, Jason Smith, stylizes a menu around the seasons as well as the Museum’s current special exhibits.  While he is always focused on using fresh and local ingredients, Jason is also currently taking advantage of the bounties that summer has to offer, such as stone fruits, summer squash and zucchini.  “Tomatoes are here but the best is still to come: spring onions, cucumbers, and all sorts of potatoes, bok choy, gypsy peppers, and green-frying tomatoes. The lettuces are really special as well right now.”

While you are at the café, be sure to try the chef favorite, poulet rôti “tout simplement,” a roasted half chicken served with blue lake beans, spring onion, fingerling potatoes and bacon lardoons. A plethora of libations, grab and go snacks, and delicious desserts are also available to round out your culinary excursion to the de Young Café. To top off your meal, we recommend taking a tasty treat out on to the terrace to view the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden.

After eating and strolling around the museum grounds, venture over to the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit for an exciting display of electrifying French fashion. When viewing his stylistic masterpieces – whether it’s his wildly fun, thigh-high, feathered shoes, his Native American-inspired wedding ensemble, or his impeccably constructed crocodile embossed corset made for Hermes– the question inevitably comes to mind, “How do you do that?” Or, in the spirit of Gaultier’s one hit dance music single, “Au tou dou zat?”From his mermaid designs to his punk collection, Gaultier’s endless creativity and incredible attention to detail is unquestionable.

Underneath that sheath of striking design and self-taught skill is a socially stitched discourse about gender roles and sexuality. Illustrating this discourse are a wide range of pieces, including his infamous cone bra from Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour as well as his prolific creations of men’s skirts. Animated mannequins bring Gaultier’s designs to life.  The exhibit features 140 designs with supporting video segments, design sketches, photographs, and other supplemental materials spanning over three decades of French fashion’s proclaimed enfant terrible.

The Gaultier exhibit ends Sunday, August 19th so make sure to catch it before it leaves the runway for good!

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