A pair of corsets from the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition
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40 years of Jean Paul Gaultier

15 April 2014 Last updated at 01:53 BST

Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the world's best known designers, from avant-garde fashion to couture.

Now Gaultier's designs have gone on display at the Barbican as part of an exhibition showcasing his 40-year career.

It is the first major exhibition of his work as Kasia Madera explains.

Jean Paul Gaultier will be interviewed on HARDtalk on BBC World News on Tuesday 15 April