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Gaultier's fashion career feted in Paris exhibition

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The first ever Parisian exhibition dedicated to French fashion's ''enfant terrible'', Jean Paul Gaultier, lifts the veil on his journey through couture. Rollo Ross reports.

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The first ever Parisian exhibition devoted to French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is opening its doors in Paris. It's a celebration of the designer's work from 1976 to the present day and features over 300 pieces, including the teddy bear from his rather creative childhood. SOUNDBITE, Designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier, saying (French): "I was lucky that my grandmother was different, that she had black feathers, an extraordinary corset and also she gave beauty advice to her clients. Meaning, I was there and I witnessed this, and I was probably only 9 or 10 years old." Gaultier is famous for designing Madonna's tour outfits as well as the clothes for the film, The Fifth Element. But he is also known for challenging convention in couture shows. SOUNDBITE Curator, Thierry-Maxime Loriot, saying (English): "It's really important the strong social message in this exhibition. So you can see it through the exhibition with the mannequins, that speak, that reflect his universe but also the different skin tones and different body shapes throughout the exhibition." 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk' opens on April 1.

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Gaultier's fashion career feted in Paris exhibition

2:30pm BST - 01:11