Dolorès gown from the Virgins (or Madonnas) collection for haute couture spring/summer 2007.
Jean Paul Gaultier hails from France rather than San Francisco, but fashion's original bad boy—the architect behind Madonna's cone bra and the designer of man-skirts—seems like one of our own. Party with the original provocateur himself this Friday at the de Young's La Grand Fete, which celebrates the opening of the museum's multimedia show featuring three decades of the designer's gender-bending work. The city's glam fashion set will revel in the company of the man who dresses Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Lady Gaga at the catwalk-of-a-gala set in a couture wonderland conspired by resident design genius Ken Fulk. The outré evening will embody Gualtier's vision of equality, diversity, and perversity, with guests mingling among scantily clad models of both sexes, sipping libations from Club Gaultier, dancing to beats by DJ88 of Vegas, and getting the first look at the exhibit that's generated global buzz—The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Enter to win one of two pairs of tickets on our Facebook page. Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. $250/museum members; $300/general public. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., S.F., 415-750-7660, deyoungmuseum.org