I just spent a week in San Francisco and left on a high note with a visit to the de Young Museum for the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. I was one of the lucky few who was able to snag tickets to a q & a with Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune, and Gaultier himself. It was so inspiring to see his liveliness and charm in person, and Suzy Menkes really highlighted his talent of being a couturier and a visionary, as well as being the first designer to have unconventional models on the runway. Gaultier talked about his being raised by very supportive parents who encouraged him to pursue his dreams and to celebrate diversity, which is evidenced in all of his collections. He ended the q & a with, “If you receive love, you can give love.” Kind of the perfect ending. The exhibit itself was the most exquisitely produced I’ve ever seen. It was literally like being at a performance, with each room taking you on a journey throughout Gaultier’s career. I was floored by all of the Madonna corsets and cone bras. Her Blonde Ambition tour had such a huge impact on me when I was young, so to see the costumes in person was completely epic. I took a ridiculous amount of photos, and here are a few below. If you’re planning to visit San Francisco, this exhibit is a must-see.