Jean Paul Gaultier on life, London and loving yourself

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 14:23

Brace yourself. Fashion’s enfant terrible is heading to London and he’s not alone. From 23 July until 2 August, the remarkable Jean-Paul Gaultier brings his eccentric, provocative and downright fun world of Fashion Freak Show to our Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In fact, here’s the man himself to introduce it, and give you the story behind its name.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show - 23 Jul – 2 Aug 2019


Fashion Freak Show comes to us for its London premiere fresh from Paris’ Folies Bergère where it enjoyed a twice extended run. But what’s it about? We asked Gaultier himself this when he came to visit us in London earlier this year, and here’s his response, on the inspiration behind this spectacular like no other.


Jean Paul Gaultier on the inspiration behind Fashion Freak Show | Southbank Centre


This is the first time the show has been performed beyond Paris, so what made Jean-Paul Gaultier bring it to London? As he himself explains, this is a city with a special place in his heart, plus he believes it has an appeal to British audience’s true nature.


Jean-Paul Gaultier on London | Southbank Centre


So, lastly, does Gaultier have any feelings as to what he hopes Southbank Centre audiences may take from his remarkable Fashion Freak Show?


Jean-Paul Gaultier on loving yourself | Southbank Centre


Jean-Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show comes to Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre from 23 July until 2 August.

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Hear more from the celebrated fashion designer and his remarkable life in Jean-Paul Gaultier in Conversation at Southbank Centre on 23 July.

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