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Madonna’s Iconic Cone Bra Will Feature in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Exhibit

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It seems that the iconic cone bra and corset worn by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour are on everybody’s mind these days.  Models have been walking the runways donning under wears as outer wears, obviously patterned after the French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier’s most famous bra creation. Yes, Gaultier was the man behind Madonna’s cone bra.  He got the inspiration from the bullet bra vintage ads by Maiden Form in the 1950s. This much talked about bra and corset set used in the tour has stirred up controversy for exploring themes of sexuality and appropriating religious iconography.

Despite conflicting opinions about the cone bra, Jean Paul Gaultier did not stop creating other cone bra styles for several pop stars including Katy Perry.  Lady Gaga wore a bra with two machine guns for her video taping for “Alejandro” She also posed for the cover of Rolling Stones with this outfit. Kylie Minogue also donned a Gaultier-designed conical bra for her album.  Both Rihanna and Aphrodite also appeared on stage with similarly cone inspired get ups. Also to be included in the list is the Glee episode where it gave tribute to Madge by Jane Lynch wearing a conical bra.

In Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2010 Collection, named “The G Spot”, the designer once again revisited the past by creating cheeky little undergarments. Other cone bra-inspired creations were made for La Perla which included bras, body suits, and corsets.  Gaultier hasn’t really forgotten the impact made by his conical bra, so he transformed it to MDNA world tour by Madonna. The bra, currently, is enjoying a revival, thanks also to designers Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior, and to Vivienne Westwood, who before Gaultier, had her models down the runway wearing bras that are fashioned over their dresses.

That’s not all for Madonna’s iconic cone bra, fellas.  It will feature on a show that will explore the creations of designer Jean Paul Gaultier.  The show is titled “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”, and it will be held at the London’s Barbican in April, 2014. To be expected on the show are more than 140 cutting-edge ready to wear garments and couture which span the designer’s entire career.  This will also include the costumes he designed for Kylie Minogue, Dita von Teese, Bjorck, and others.

Obviously, Madonna’s iconic cone bra will be the star of the show.  Some of the outfits will be lent by other collaborators, while most will be pulled out from Gaultier’s own personal collection.  The show will open as scheduled in London before it embarks on an international tour.  This will give Gaultier’s fashion fans from around the world the chance to get up close to the design magic of the French designer. Gaultier says that having his work shown at the Barbican is a great honor for him because the gallery is a wonderful place and its architecture is extraordinary.  Moreover, the Barbican is in London, a place that he would choose to live other than Paris.

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