French designer Jean Paul Gaultier brought his lively and eccentric "Fashion Freak Show" to the London stage this week, a musical production looking back on his life from childhood classroom sketches to the Paris haute couture catwalks.
The two-hour extravaganza, previously at Paris' Folies Bergere hall, sees actors, dancers and performance artists take to the stage as an eclectic mix of characters to recount Gaultier's memories from his nearly 50 years in fashion.
Part revue, part catwalk show, the production presents new creations by Gaultier, long known as fashion's "enfant terrible", vintage outfits as well as references to his iconic looks from Breton striped sailor tops to the conical bra worn by Madonna during her 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour.
Gaultier, who held his first catwalk show in 1976, has long been known for pushing boundaries in fashion, blurring the lines between men's and women's clothing, something regularly referenced in "Fashion Freak Show".
Asked what he wanted audiences to take away from the show, Gaultier said: "To appreciate different kinds of beauty, that people are different."