Cinémode: the phenomenal exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier which thrills the Cinémathèque

Jean Paul Gaultier

It's the fall event! The Cinémathèque has entrusted Jean Paul Gaultier with curating an exhibition that could not be more Parisian.

The great fashion designer crazy about cinema reconciles his two passions in a formidable retrospective entitled Cinémode and dedicated to his lifelong friend: Tonie Marshall .

A real journey between celebrity outfits and cult films, we wander between the mythical dresses of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn , the shorts of Rocky Balboa and the leotards of Superman over the extracts from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort , Who are you Polly Maggoo ? and Men prefer blondes .

A journey between celebrity dresses and cult films

The journey begins on Falbalas , a film by Jacques Becker with Micheline Presle, icon of the 50s and the ultimate source of inspiration in the youth of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Half a century before Sex and The City or Gossip Girl , designer Marcel Rochas uses cinema as a showcase for his couture creations. The pitch says it all: a Parisian fashion designer, incorrigible seducer, is interested in his best friend's fiancée…

We then stroll in a ping-pong between the worlds of fashion and cinema where we find Jeanne Moreau dressed in Pierre Cardin, Catherine Deneuve sublimated by Yves Saint Laurent, Delphine Seyrig dressed in Coco Chanel or even Grace Jones in Azzedine Alaïa in James Bond and Jane Fonda as Paco Rabanne in Barbarella .

Fashion in the cinema also reflects social phenomena, like Marlene Dietrich or Katharine Hepburn in a male-female wardrobe in search of freedom and assertion in the 1930s. As for Marlon Brando in A streetcar named desire Dressed in a simple tank top, it will inspire the man object of Jean Paul Gaultier.

© William Klein

The high mass of the parades

A veritable celebration of fashion, a room displays the art of the fashion show in every way, starting with its representation in the cinema with The Women by George Cukor, Funny Face or Prêt-à-Porter … Without forgetting of course the performances colorful fashion editors with excerpts from The Devil wears Prada or Absolutely fabulous ...

To (re) see absolutely: the spectacular and hyper scripted parades of Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler or Vivienne Westwood in the 80s, all thought of as art shows in their own right and where the greatest tops were featured.

Projo, cinema and meetings

Notice to fans who dream of meeting him “ in real life ”. A well-informed film buff, Jean Paul Gaultier will come to present himself before their screenings and talk about his favorite films as well as those for which he created the costumes. In the program :

  • Falbalas by Jacques Becker released in 1945, la Madeleine de Proust by Gaultier with Micheline Presle . Sunday October 17 at 2:30 p.m., book online .
  • The fifth element : we no longer present the cult film by Luc Besson with Bruce Willis , Milla Jovovich … and the futuristic costumes of Jean Paul Gaultier. Sunday October 17 at 7 p.m., book online .
  • Kika , by Pedro Almodovar with Victoria Abril and Rossy de Palma , caught up in the torments of a Spanish reality TV show in the 90s. Sunday October 24 at 6 pm, book online .

Another show not to be missed under any circumstances: the projo of the cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a breathtaking performance by the Burden of Quirk , obsessive artists of the film who will replay mythical scenes live. Sunday October 24 at 2:30 p.m., book online .

Also note: the great guided tours of the exhibition lasting 1.5 hours through the most cutting-edge and crisp anecdotes, every Saturday and Sunday at 3.30 p.m. (€ 14).

Book your seats quickly on

Admission: € 12, € 6 for children under 18. Until January 16, 2022.


The Cinémathèque Française , 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12th

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