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Jean-Paul Gaultier
(April 24, 1952 - living) France

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Fashion designer

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GaultierBorn in Arcueil, France. In 1970, he was asked to work with Pierre Cardin, then in the early 1970s with Jacques Esteerl and Jean Patou. By 1976 Gaultier launched his first collection.

There are clear elements of male and female dress among Gaultier's Mad Max outfits, kimonos, rap-inspired bodysuits, swashbucklers, neo-punks, eighteen century tunics, leather middy blouses, sarongs, trains, cyber-age headgears, tulle jerseys, bustiers, voile and conic breasts.

Yet Gaultier subversts and transforms them into a cosmopolitan array of clichés of gender: the male princess, the acmp weightlifter, the dandified hooligan, the street-smart Robin Hood and homme fatal pretty boy. Already by 1985, Gaultier had designed a skirt to be worn by men.

For more than thirty years, Gaultier, the enfant terrible of fashion in France, has shocked the fashion press with his irreverent charm. Gaultier is one of the most important couturiers in the twentieth century, with his innovative approach to design: a mélange of haute couture, street style and the burlesque.

Gaultier worked also for Madonna, for whow he designed the clothes for the Blonde Ambition Tour. He designed costumes for the films The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and Her Lover (1989), Kika (1993), The City of Lost Children, The Fifth Element. He also designed the costumes for Madonna's Blonde Ambition and Drowned World tours.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001 - et alii

Film:

  • Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
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