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Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Birth date: April 24, 1952
Country: France
Brand Name: Jean Paul Gaultier
Labels: Jean Paul Gaultier; JPG; Junior Gaultier; Hermes
Other Product Lines: Eyewear, Fragrances, Baby clothing

Overview

The talented French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, never studied fashion. A natural talent, he simply started sending his sketches to famous couture stylists. Top designer Pierre Cardin was impressed by the move and hired young Gaultier as his assistant in 1970. In 1976, Gaultier launched his first individual collection. Gaultier was mostly influenced by streetwear and managed to create high-end couture outfits that always had a unique and playful twist. Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion shows were and still are controversial and unusual. He usually likes to play with traditional gender roles on his catwalk shows, and often uses unconventional models for his exhibitions, like full-figured women, and heavily tattooed models.

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Designer Facts

Top Facts:

  • Jean Paul Gaultier is also known as the “enfant terrible” (bad boy) of French fashion.
  • Gaultier has designed the wardrobes for many motion pictures, to include “The Fifth Element” (1997) and “Kika” (1993).
  • In 1985 he introduced man-skirts.
  • Gaultier's exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York -- “Bravehearts: Men in Skirts” --  adds to his long list of great achievements.
  • In 1994, Gaultier he launched JPG, a unisex collection that followed the designer's idea of fluidity of the sexes.
  • Gaultier designed Madonna's famous cone-bra, for her 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour. As well as designing many stage outfits for her 2006 “Confessions” tour.
  • In 2012, Gaultier became the first ever fashion designer to be named as a member of the judging panel for the main competition at Cannes Film Festival.