So Goude it Hurts

A new exhibit in Milan explores Jean Paul Goude’s extraordinary imagery, in particular the women who’ve played muse along the way.

The French photographer’s unapologetically retouched oeuvre includes Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah; models dashing across a finish line in billowing couture and high heels; and 70s model Carolina Beaumont balancing a glass of champagne on her rear (he’d have Kim Kardashian do the same decades later).

The most significant of Goude’s women, however, could only be Grace Jones. After meeting during New York’s disco era, the two developed a fast and furious relationship. He created many of her album covers in the 80s, including Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm, and often credits her for inspiring his best work.

So Far So Goude, April 16 – June 19, 2016, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Azzedine Alaïa and Farida Khelfa, 1985

Björk, Mixte, 2007

Grace Jones, 1981

Thierry Mugler, Vogue France, 1998

Twins, 1979

Azzedine Alaïa, 1998

Jean Paul Gaultier, 2003

Christian Lacroix, 2003

Marc Jacobs, Harper’s Bazaar, 2007

Carolina Beaumont, 1976

Farida Khelfa, 1985

Grace Jones, in collaboration with Antonio Lopez, 1980

Elle, 1999

Grace Jones, 1978

Jessica Chastain as Joan of Arc, Harper’s Bazaar, 2015

Grace Jones, 1983

Grace Jones, 1978

Naomi Campbell, Harper’s Bazaar, 2009

John Galliano, 1999

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