Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier


The famous designer and member of the French Haute Couture was born in Arcueil in 1952. One of his most famous designs is the pointy corset worn by pop idol Madonna during her 1990 Blonde ambition tour. He was also a host in the 90’s late-night show “Eurotrash” in Britain. Besides from his fashion designs Galtier is also famous for his perfume lines.

Unlike most fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier never actually studied fashion; he simply began sending his sketches to famous names in the fashion world from an early age. Pierre Cardin was the 1st one to notice the young designer’s potential and hire him as an assistant. Later on Gaultier got to work with other famous designers and even managed Cardin boutique. The “enfant terrible” of French fashion launched his 1st runway show in 1976. From the beginning until nowadays he has always drawn inspiration from pop and street culture. His haute couture collections have always been an unusual mix of playful and unique, whereas most designer prefers it classy and sophisticated.

While some found Gaultier’s designs decadent, some were intrigued by his tailoring skills and creativity and helped the designer throughout his career. A revolutionary in many ways, Jean Paul introduced the man-skirt and promoted kilts, he also invented Madonna’s infamous cone-bra and dressed the  Use of unusual models for his shows, such as plump women, tattoed models and old men often caused shock in the fashion world, but in the end of the day made the designer even more famous.

Not only did Gaultier manage to shock the fashion capitals, introduce new and bold perfume lines, but also designed many of the wardrobes of popular movies. Some of the titles for which he worked are: “The Fifth Element” by Luc Besson, “Kika” by Pedro Almodovar and “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Designs by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier

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