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Jean-Paul Gaultier

Since I last week presented Calvin Klein, the king of simplicity, to you, I thought it only fitting to use this Designer Day to admire the genius of theatrical wonder Jean-Paul Gaultier (1952 – ), the French haute couture designer.

Mr. Gaultier is one of the long list of designers never to have received formal training, instead he just made sketches and sent these to famous fashion houses. This resulted in him being hired as an assistant for Pierre Jardin in 1970.

1976 was the year he released his first collection, and people were seduced by his creativity and excellent tailoring. He introduced man-skirts in 1985,

and when working with Madonna throughout the nineties he also invented the cone-bra.

Yeah. Enough about that – let’s look at some pretties instead:

Unlike some other designers who shall remain nameless, Gaultier is not afraid of diversity when choosing models – he has used older people, people twice the size of the typical model, and people with lots of piercings and tattoos. This has earned him great popularity, which he totally deserves. What an awesome man.

Ah, Jean-Paul, how we adore you.

This brilliant and lovely man has also designed costumes for some movies, including a Vili Flik Favourite: La Cité des Enfants Perdus  (The City of Lost Children).

Awesomeness.

More? Yes.

 Love, Hanna

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One response

  1. Mmmh, lovely. I have a picture of myself next to a wax figure of Guillaume le Conquérant (William the Conqueror). His looks based on Charlton Heston, his clothes designed by Gaultier inspired by the Bayeux tapestry. What a mix!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

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