Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer born on April 24, 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. During his childhood, Jean Paul Gaultier developed a taste for fashion. Starting from a young age, he spent his childhood with his maternal grandmother, and found inspiration in her closet – her corsets in particular. He even once made a bra for a stuffed bear – a childhood artifact that was featured later in an exhibition of his work.

#1. The job

Gultier first got a job at Pierre Cardin on his eighteenth birthday, in 1970. It was his first experience with formal design training.

“When I started my career, I went to work with Pierre Cardin. At that time, of course, I didn’t have my line or whatever, so I didn’t have my style at all. I was doing Cardin. So I was sketching what he would love.”

(JPG for US Vogue, 2004)

#2. The debut

Gaultier’s debut of his own collection was in 1976, when he established his own fashion label and held his first runway show in Paris. The interesting fact is that he didn’t officially launch his own design house until 1982, with the backing of Japanese consortium Kashiyama.


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#3. The style

His style is known to challenge standard views of fashion. Gaultier soon became known as because he challenged popular notions of gender and put the edgy street and punk clothing style all together. The most outrageous look of them all was when he created for women the mix between a tough leather jacket with a ballet skirt and sneakers.


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“This is a look from my very first show in 1976.

I always love to combine the unexpected!”

(Jean-Paul Gaultier for Vogue Magazine)

#4. The boutique

In September 1985, he opened his first boutique on 6 Rue Vivienne, Paris.

#5. The signature

In 1990, he created one of his signature looks: the costume for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour. The famous singer appeared on stage wearing a cone-shaped bra under a men’s style suit with strategic slashes in the front. The cone bra, was meant to be a fusion of antique and futuristic lingerie and even earned Gaultier new levels of attention from the fashion world.


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#6. The couture line

In 1997, Gaultier launched his first couture line.

#7. The partnership

He partnered with the French fashion house Hermés in 1999, selling it a 35% stake in his business (which later grew to 45%). During his time with Hermés, Gaultier also served as the artistic director of the company’s women’s wear line in addition to designing his own clothes.


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#8. The business

Gaultier continues to expand his business in new directions, and he added several new fragrances and he also launched a children’s clothing line. In 1993, he launched his signature scent in a glass bottleshaped like a corseted figure.


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#9. JPG @Hollywood

Gaultier has created lots of designs for stage and film. Nicole Kidman chose to wear one of his dresses to at 2003 Academy Awards, when she won the prize for The Best Actress. In 2008, Marion Cotillard dressed in Gaultier for her Oscar win as well. JPG created the costumes for Kylie Minogue’s X Tour that same year and for film maker Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and The Skin I Live In (2011). He designed stage costumes for Madonna for her 2006 Confessions Tour.


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#10. The swimwear collection

He launched his first-ever swimwear collection, in collaboration with La Perla, in July 2011.


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Jean-Paul Gaultier’s work has been characterised by a stylistic consistency since his very first collection. Many of his collections show women adopting masculine attire, or men wearing skirts, corsets, and dresses with trains.

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