Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant, and funny as ever, Jean
Paul Gaultier is shaking up London last summer with his stunning creation,
Fashion Freak Show - 50 years of pop culture through the eyes of fashion’s
The production, an explosive combination of revue and fashion show, depicts
the sensational life of Jean Paul Gaultier against a backdrop of his generation’s
most defining political and cultural changes. The iconic music - from Disco
to Funk, from Pop to Rock and New Wave and Punk - boasts a playlist of
hits that have inspired the artist throughout his life.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and funny as ever, Jean Paul
Gaultier’s stunning creation, Fashion Freak Show will embark on a worldwide
The production, an explosive combination of revue, pop concert and fashion
show, first premiered with an acclaimed run in Paris in 2019 at the legendary
Folies Bergère and has since been updated and reimagined for the iconic
Roundhouse in London where it played a six week residency in Summer 2021.
In this extraordinary production, actors, dancers and circus artists take
to the stage and play outlandish, passionate, larger than life, rude, sexy,
sassy creatures and personalities.
Set against the backdrop of a giant video wall, a key part of the production
features vignettes of special guest stars – including a number of Gaultier’s
long-term, iconic supporters and friends. Rossy de Palma plays the young
Gaultier’s unforgiving schoolteacher, who harbours secret fashion fantasies
of her own, while Catherine Deneuve reads out the hysterical names that
Gaultier gave the creations in his fabulous men’s couture show of the early
As author, director and costume designer, Jean Paul Gaultier takes a look
at our times in both an extravagant and tender way, and invites us behind
the scenes into his world filled with excess, poetry and magic.
From his childhood to his early career, from his greatest fashion shows
to the wild nights in Le Palace or London, Jean Paul Gaultier shares his
journal of the times and pays tribute to those who have inspired him in
film (Pedro Almodovar, Luc Besson), music (Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Myléne
Farmer) and dance (Régine Chopinot, Angelin Prejlocaj).
In the show, conceived like a grand party, Jean Paul Gaultier will surprise
us yet again. He has designed hundreds of new exclusive outfits, incorporated
within an exuberant set – without forgetting to invite his most iconic
He has collaborated with the best in their field; actress, scriptwriter
and director Tonie Marshall, who co-directs the show, and choreographer
Marion Motin (Madonna, Christine and the Queens, Stromae, Resiste The Musical).
From disco to funk, from pop to rock and new wave and punk, Fashion Freak
Show has an explosive playlist of hits that have inspired the artist throughout
Fashion Freak Show is produced in association with TS3 (A Fimalac Entertainment
Company) and RGM Productions and Avex Entertainment.
A great festive moment to enjoy irresponsibly!