Resurrection Summons Fashion Gods With New Retail Store

Photography: Alexander Thompson

In 1996, Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez founded Resurrection, a retail archive that would become one the world’s premiere international venues for collectible and historic clothing. With locations in both Los Angeles and New York, Resurrection has attracted high fashion icons including Prince, Catherine Denueve, Lou Lou De la Falaise, Azzedine Alaia, Iman, John Galliano and Chloe Sevigny—not to mention Kate Moss, who Rodriguez cites as their longest running, most loyal client.

“Kate Moss came into the store on our first day 20 years ago,” she said. “She will always hold a special place in our hearts and history.  She embodies our generation’s curious take of high and low fashion and everything in between.”


Alexander McQueen Dogtooth Cocoon Coat (2009), Alexander McQueen Sarabande Lace Gown (2007), Alexander McQueen Runway Gown (2008)

With a new location on Great Jones, Resurrection opens its doors to celebrate a brand new, custom retail gallery and archive. In addition to their vast inventory of vintage pieces from fashion gods like Christian Lacroix, Gaultier and Moschino, Haddawy and Rodriguez are celebrating three specific archive collections in their new space.


It begins with a selection of rare 20th century, out-of-print books showcased on custom Brian Thoreen brass shelves, moves on to Bulgari Jewelry (including the company’s famous Tubas watches) and finishes with a pupil dilating curation of Alexander McQueen pieces.

“It’s really special,” Rodriguez said. “The collection spans McQueen’s career from our perspective. We love the early pieces as much as the very famous later collections. He was such a unique force.  It’s been an important reminder of what great is.”

Later this month, Resurrection will showcase a rare collection of Maison Martin Margiela and in September, will debut a Helmut Lang show—stay tuned.

Resurrection, 45 Great Jones Street, is open Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 7 PM.

12 Must-See Fashion Exhibits for 2012

If you’re still kicking yourself for missing the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective, there are twelve ways to fill your fashion exhibit void this year. MTV FORA has put together a solid list of displays across the globe, and it features everything from the Azzedine Alaïa exhibit in Holland (one displayed creation pictured) to the highly-anticipated Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs tribute in Paris. See the roundup—which includes three events that you can catch right here in New York—after the jump.

1. Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum, London (March 28 – July 1, 2012)

2. Azzedine Alaïa at the Groninger Museum, Holland (December 11, 2011 – May 6, 2012)

3. Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada at the Met, New York (May 10 – August 19, 2012)

4. Coco Chanel at the Mint Museum Randolph, North Carolina (May 21, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

5. Jean Paul Gaultier at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (November 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012)

6. James Bond Style at The Barbican, London (April 2012) 

7. Fashion, A-Z at the FIT Museum, New York (November 29, 2011 – May 8, 2012)

8. Diana Vreeland at the Fortuny Museum, Italy (March 2012)

9. Yves Saint Laurent at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado (March 25 – July 8, 2012)

10. Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris (March 9 – September 16, 2012)

11. 50 Years of CFDA at the FIT Museum, New York (February 10 – April 17, 2012)

12. David LaChapelle at the Seoul Art Center, North Korea (November 22, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

Jean Paul Gaultier Archives to Be Presented at Tonight’s GMHC Fashion Forward Event

Tonight, the nation’s leading HIV/AIDS service organization, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, aka GMHC, will host its fifth annual Fashion Forward event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Emceed by celebrity stylist Brad Goreski and Diana Ross’ daughter, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the event will include a luxury silent auction and guests will be treated to a SS12 collection presentation from designers Chris Benz, Thom Browne, Marlon Gobel, Sally LaPointe, Zang Toi, Timo Weiland and VPL. The iconic work of haute couture genius Jean Paul Gaultier will also be on display, featuring archival looks from signature seasons.

Sponsored by Bank of America, GMHC Fashion Forward will also present their first-ever Style Vault Award to Julie Macklowe, a New York investor turned fashion backer and philanthropist known for raising big funds for startups like Baublebar.

Make a donation to GMCH here and follow Fashion Forward’s official Twitter hashtag #GMHCFF2011 for live updates from the event. 

Jean Paul Gaultier, Madonna, and Calvin Klein: Tonight at the Brooklyn Museum

The hottest ticket in town is tonight’s Jean Paul Gautier VIP Preview at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway. Featured is a preview of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This exhibition is touring, and over 900,000 people catching it to date. This is the only east coast stop. Jean Paul Gaultier is playful, sexy, daring, fun. The designer himself will be in attendance. The guest list includes Madonna, Calvin Klein, Karlie Kloss, Shalom Harlow, Kristen McMenamy, Coco Rocha, Thierry Loriot, Griffen Dunne, Alan Cumming, Suzanne Bartsch, Randy Jones, Hannelore Knuts, and Sally Jesse Raphael. Did I say Madonna? That’s a wow. Many of the costumes will be on lifelike mannequins by Jolicoeur International. Some of them move and speak. Sounds a little like a model agency soiree. Piper Heidseick is providing the champagne.

I have been invited but cannot attend. It’s like that with me. I often get invited to must attend events but absolutely must be elsewhere. Last night I would have just died and gone to heaven if I had the time to attend a pop up gallery full of vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia taken from the “Atlanta archives”. It’s 125 years of soft drink history and I love my Coca-Cola. There was a limited-edition fashion collaboration by street wear designer Dr. Romanelli aka DRx. This shindig was at the New Museum. How hot is that? Two great events in two days and both at museums.

While I’m here I just wanted to weigh in on Mayor Bloomberg’s reaction to the month-long Banksy visit to New York. This out of touch lame duck dictator will soon be gone. Not soon enough. His unleashing of his not so secret police on our beloved artist only serves to increase Banksy’s cred and lower the public’s view of Mayor Mike. From what I have seen of Banksy’s work it is simply brilliant. He has added to our city’s cultural fabric and I think the mayor is off base once again. Almost every candidate for mayor has tried to distance themselves from this spoiled brat billionaire. Hopefully we will soon have a mayor that lets us live our own lives and sees this sort of month long art attack as something terrific.

Jean-Paul Gaultier Dresses Pedro Almodóvar’s Latest Thriller

If you’ve never been confused, amused, inspired, and horrified all at once, then please watch Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, The Skin I Live In. I attended the red carpet premiere during my quick jaunt to Cannes last week, and although the movie may have been tough to swallow for some, my warped taste, combined with breakout star Elena Anaya (who’s totally the next Penelope Cruz), and creative costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier (his bodysuit on Anaya is shown here) made for a quite brilliant experience.

The film is an adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel, Mygale, and follows the twisted measures that a mad plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) takes to seek revenge on a man who raped his daughter (Anaya). This is not Gaultier’s first foray into outre costume design. He was responsible for Milla Jovovich’s iconic bandage suit in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Here, his anatomically-correct bodysuit plays a prominent role in the film’s gender-bending commentary. Check out the trailer (and one of Gaultier’s costumes in action) below.

Photo: IMDb

First Ever Gaultier Exhibition Dazzles Montreal this Summer

Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy once said that “All the best rock stars come from the gutter and aspire to be sublime. And that’s a great tension, it’s very romantic, very glamorous.” Whether he knew he was paraphrasing Oscar Wilde or not, Murphy’s rather luminous statement could be effortlessly transferred to fashion’s only true rock star, Jean Paul Gaultier. Born in the working class Paris suburb of Arcueil, fashion’s enfant terrible has always, since his beginnings as an assistant to Pierre Cardin in 1970, had one eye cast towards the gutter and the other gazing up at the stars.

In the process, he’s fiercely cultivated a view of beauty that’s often as shocking as it is ravishing, consistently conjuring the sublime from the seemingly outrageous. Having absorbed the confrontational stylistic mien of punk, yet ever-possessed of a Frenchman’s feel for historical context, Gaultier designed as much for louche rock stars and glorious misfits as for the most refined mondaines.

This summer, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be presenting The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which, at his fervent insistence, is much less a traditional exhibition than a dazzling, multi-sensory spectacle. To wit, the show will feature animated “replicants” of not only Gaultier himself, but also such inimitable muses and collaborators as Montreal-born rocker Melissa Auf der Maur (of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins) and Canadian model/DJ Eve Salvail.

Curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot reveals that, “It’s not the typical fashion exhibition. In fact, Gaultier refused to do a retrospective on his work, because he said he is too young. It’s more a thematic exhibition, about all his obsessions and how they come out in his work.”

Of course, Gaultier’s obsessions are legion. His designs have over the years fearlessly engaged religion, fetishism, cross-culturalism, corsetry, tromp l’oeil, even zoomorphism. And indeed, far from some banal, static display of frocks, the exhibit delves into his work in film (Fifth Element, The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, Almodovar’s Kika, etc), his collaborations with some of the towering figures of art and photography (Cindy Sherman, David LaChapelle, Mario Testino, Warhol), and his headline-grabbing costuming of musical superstars like Kylie Minogue and Madonna. image “He was the first runway designer to do a real collaboration with a musician,” Loriot points out. “Before that, it was only costume designers.” Despite the hundreds upon thousands of times he’s been branded with the ‘avant-garde’ tag, the exhibit proves, Gaultier is really a wide-eyed, fun-loving monsieur, who has an apparently limitless passion for engaging the culture around him, be it high or low, exotic or familiar, historical or pointing the way to the future. It’s hardly a wonder that Alexander McQueen (another working class bloke and rebellious visionary) admired him so much; few other designers have come close to JPG’s ability to so wondrously transcend the often uninspiring business of fashion.

According to Loriot, “Gaultier says that there is a thin line between provocation and originality, and he believes he is more an original than a provocateur. He is a couturier with the spirit of a punk. He just doesn’t take himself so seriously.”

If it seems odd that the lifelong Parisian would have chosen Montreal as the site of his first dedicated museum exhibition, just know that Gaultier has recently gushed about his amour for the Francophone but exceedingly international and sophisticated Quebec province city, citing its food, films, music, and the warmth of its people. But Loriot’s palpable and rapturous enthusiasm for the designer’s work surely also has a lot to do with the decision.

Loriot gives a little laugh, thinking back on the enormous task of condensing such a prolific and ineffable career into one show. “Gaultier said it was like he’d just finished six new collections!”

Asked if there was a favorite moment during the process, he points to a series of fascinatingly candid Madonna photos.

“She was very surprised to see these photos from her fittings for the Blond Ambition tour. She had actually never seen them before.”

Surprised, indeed. In the photos, the ambitious blond’s hair is black.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk runs from June 17 to October 2 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Opening Ceremony Year-End Sale Starts Today

There have been a lot of great things coming out of Opening Ceremony lately (not to mention the fact that it’s one of Donald Glover’s favorite stores), but the year-end sale is what we’ve all been waiting for. If you held out on buying pieces from the highly-coveted Pendleton x Opening Ceremony collection (pictured), you’re in luck—the sale includes many of the best designer collaborations, such as Robert Clergerie and Jean Paul Gaultier. Starting today, the sale is going on at each of the three worldwide retail locations, as well as online. With discounts up to 70% off, the Howard Street and Ace Hotel locations will have extended holiday hours for those of us staying in town over the weekend. As one of the bigger sales of the year, I suggest stocking up on plenty of designer pieces now—you have the rest of the year to settle your credit card debt.

33-35 Howard Street Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm Sun: 12pm-7pm Dec. 22-23: 11am-9pm

Ace Hotel 1190-1192 Broadway Sun-Tue: 10am-9pm Wed: 11am-7pm Thurs-Sat: 11am-10pm Dec. 22-23: 11am-10pm

Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla

Feeling a bit naughty? Lingerie takes on a whole new designer spin as Jean Paul Gaultier teams with high-end Italian lingerie house La Perla for an exclusive collection, available just in time for the holiday season. The new line comprises of over 20 styles–nearly all handmade–including a waist-cinching corset and bra inspired by the iconic cone bra that the designer created for Madonna. Gaultier is famous for using underwear as outerwear, but this will mark his first lingerie collection. “Lingerie is part of my DNA and of my heritage,” Gaultier said. “In my latest prêt-à-porter collection I revisited the conical bras and corsets worn as outerwear. This collaboration was a natural and logical step, especially since La Perla is the pearl of the lingerie, with the best savoir faire.”

The collaboration is available at La Perla and Gaultier boutiques and select department stores. C’est magnifique!

Gaultier’s Luxe Lingerie

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s name has been synonymous with undergarments ever since he put the final touches on Madonna’s now infamous cone bra two decades ago. Since then, Gaultier has mostly been focusing his talent on what gets layered over ones undergarments, but now, thanks to a new partnership, the French designer is returning to his Material Girl-approved roots. Come November, Gaultier will debut a line of high-fashion lingerie created in collaboration with La Perla. “The new line will comprise 27, styles—nearly all handmade—including a waist-cinching corset and bra inspired by the cone bra that the designer created for Madonna in the Nineties,” says Vogue UK.

“Two limited-edition pieces, including a satin bra with a shoulder strap motif, will feature in the label’s couture show on July 7,” adds Vogue UK of the dearly expensive couture lingerie (“prices will start at £405 for bras and briefs and £811 for corsets”). If ever there were a reason to embrace the underwear-as-outerwear trend, this is undoubtedly it.