At Thursday’s media preview at the de Young, a charmingly boyish Jean Paul Gaultier began by poking at his own torso. “I thought retrospectives are for dead people,” he quipped, “and I seem to still be alive!”

It was on the basis of this apparent contradiction that Gaultier originally refused the offer of this exhibition. Fortunately he came around, on one condition: That the show itself be as alive as he is. No glass-encased, museological funeral processions, thank you.

To read 7×7’s full article about the new Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the de Young click here. 

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