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Cutting-edge designs from the couturier who has helped shape the look of fashion over the last 35 years.

More than 140 couture and ready-to-wear garments reveal Jean Paul Gaultier to be an innovative designer, who thinks about fashion in context of how it is worn, rather than just how it is made.

Inspired by global and alternative cultures, his work is known for being subversive and uncurtailed by boundaries usually set out in fashion design.

Designed as an installation rather than a conventional fashion retrospective, the exhibition includes pieces created between the early 1970s and the present day, many of which have never been shown in Britain before.

Highlights include the infamous conical bra and corsets worn by Madonna during her Blonde Ambition world tour, Kylie's stage outfits and costumes designed for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson.

These are shown alongside footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances, as well as clips of Gaultier's cult television show, Eurotrash.

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