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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Jean Paul Gaultier - Eye-catching designs that push boundaries

French haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first solo collection in 1976. His unconventional designs featuring bold and innovative interpretations of familiar concepts have since garnered a lot of attention. As a result of his success, Gaultier was hired as the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. Alongside his history as a high-fashion legend, Gaultier has also been successful in the world of costume design for film, theater and other types of stage performance. Gaultier is accredited for designing the wardrobes for feature films such as "The Fifth Element" and "The City of Lost Children." Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and many more musical artists have also been known to sport Gaultier's unconventional pieces.


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Jean Paul Gaultier was born in 1952 and grew up in a suburb of Paris, France. After his grandmother introduced him to the exciting world of fashion, Gaultier pursued his passion although he never received formal training as a designer. Instead, he sent sketches to famous couture stylists from an early age. Those efforts paid off and in 1970, Pierre Cardin was impressed enough to hire Gaultier as an assistant. Gaultier went on to work with other designers such as Jacques Esterel and Jean Patou, only to return to a Pierre Cardin boutique in Manila, but this time as a manager. With the release of Gaultier's first individual collection in 1976, he quickly gained recognition as an unorthodox genius.

Gaultier's designs are characterized by the combination of opposing concepts such as couture and street style, classic and avant-garde, elegance and vulgarity, et cetera. Gaultier's use of unconventional models for his exhibitions such as older men, full-figured women and heavily tattooed models earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. He also enjoys playing with traditional gender roles in his shows and produced a number of man-skirts, kilts and other types of hosiery. Gaultier brings more than shock value to the table though, as his top-notch tailoring and cutting techniques underpin the practicality and functionality of his designs.

Although Gaultier once produced items like sunglasses, watches and wallets, the brand is currently focused on haute couture and perfume. Speaking of perfume, Gaultier's is a highly popular line. Packaged in provocative bottle designs conveying various body parts, Gaultier's fragrances are generally perceived as elegant and sensual. Alongside men's and women's fragrances, Gaultier also offers a unisex scent called Gaultier2.