Pain Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier

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Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

Bilingual English / French version

Hardback, 22 × 28 cm, 104 pages, 80 color and black-and-white reproductions

Texts by Gérard Lefort

ISBN: 978-2-74274-921-7

Publication: June 2004

About the publication

Invited by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2004, the celebrated fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier steered clear of a retrospective or a simple presentation of clothes and chose to realize a fantasy, the fruit of a meeting between two forms of craft : couture and bakery. The exhibition Pain Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier is the dream of a couturier who only has flour, water, salt, and yeast to create with, but also that of a baker who wanted to become a couturier.
The exhibition catalog goes behind the scenes of the project and plunges into the workshops of bakers and couturiers alike : the gestures, the tools, the special materials, and know-how of these two trades are paralleled to create a sensory realm where two worlds meet.