Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergères in Paris

Fashion Freak Show bandeau

Eccentric, scandalous and funny, designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is shaking up Paris with a whole new genre of show, bridging the gap between magazines and catwalk displays, at the Folies Bergères from 2 October–29 December 2018. Experience 50 years of pop culture through the eyes and life of the ‘enfant terrible’ of fashion!

Actors, dancers, Circassians, fifteen artists challenge themselves by embodying creatures and crazy, passionate, high-pitched, badly raised, personalities. This show is announced as excessive.
For this "Fashion Freak Show", Jean Paul Gauthier is at the same time author, director and scenographer to throw "a tender and quirky look on his time and invite us behind the scenes of his universe; between blows of genius, excess, poetry and magical moments ".

Tribute to those who inspired, from Luc Besson to Madonna

From his childhood to his beginnings, from his greatest parades to the crazy evenings at the Palace, the extraordinary creator opens his diary and pays tribute to those who inspired him; through the cinema (Pedro Almodovar, Luc Besson ...), music (Madonna, Kylie Minogue, or Mylène Farmer), but also dance (Régine Chopinot, Angelin Preljocaj).

For the show, Jean Paul Gauthier has imagined dozens of exclusive outfits in an exuberant scenography, without forgetting to invite on stage the most iconic creations of his repertoire.
He has surrounded himself with the greatest to complete this project, including Nile Rodgers for music. As producer and musical director of the show, the latter will produce two original titles and the soundtrack of the show composed of songs chosen by Jean Paul Gaultier.

An explosive playlist

Disco, funk, pop, rock but also new wave and punk, the Fashion Freak Show is also a detonating playlist of hits that went through the ages and accompanied the creator.

Folies Bergères, Paris