check out jean paul gaultier’s spectacular cabaret costumes
The French designer has fulfilled his life-long dream to make costumes for a cabaret show, opening in Berlin later this year.
Jean Paul Gaultier is known for his dramatic catwalk creations and spectacular tour outfits for performers including Madonna and Kylie Minogue, but now he has created all the costumes for a Berlin cabaret show, fulfilling a life-long dream of his. The One Grand Show is a cabaret performance by the Berlin Revue, opening at the almost 100 year-old Friedrichstadt-Palast venue in the German capital this fall, with a scheduled run of around two years, finishing in the summer of 2018.
"I dreamed of working on a revue ever since I was a little boy and I saw the opening night of Les Folies Bergère on my grandmother's TV," Gaultier says. "I got in trouble at school the next day because I was sketching the girls in feathers and fishnets, but I also realized that I could be loved through my drawings, as I suddenly became popular with my classmates."
"It is even more of a dream come true that the first revue I am designing the costumes for is in Berlin, the city that defined cabaret in the twenties," he continues, "and at the Palast, a place with a rich history and many reincarnations. I am flattered and honored that I can be a part of this production."
Gaultier has created more than 500 costumes for the cast of over 100 performers, and sketches provided by the Friedrichstadt-Palast show that the designs feature many of his signature styles, from leather and feathers to Breton stripes, tattooed body stockings, cut-out tailoring and dazzling diamanté.
Described as "The most lavish show in Europe," the Friedrichstadt-Palast say that The One Grand Show has had an investment of more than $10 million, and it "represents the living diversity of the cultural metropolis."
Text Charlotte Gush
Costumes Jean Paul Gaultier
Drawings Marc-Antoine Coulon