The bad boy of French fashion is retiring from the catwalk today. His 50-year career which began when he was 18 training under Pierre Cardin grew into a full-fledged avant-garde empire. He announced on 22 January that his haute couture show in Paris will be his last but he promised that “Gaultier Paris will go on” and also teased that he has “a new project” up his sleeves which will be revealed very soon. This is very rivetting for a man whose next steps are unpredictable.
In that light, we take a look at five of Jean Paul Gaultier‘s most iconic and memorable looks from his career; from the catwalk to the red carpet and any more.
Madonna’s Cone Bustier
The design which first featured in Jean Paul’s AW 1984 collection caught Maddona’s eye and became her uniform for her 1990’s Blond Ambition World Tour. This design has gotten so many updated and is now synonymous with Madonna’s and Gaultier’s friendship.
Men In Skirts
Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 1985 collection brought out so much outrage and applause. From fashion insiders comments ranging from “The most important thing to happen in fashion in the past 20 years” to “They’re revolting”. While in recent times it has become some sort of norm but imagine how out of the ordinary it would have been in the ’80s.
Rihanna’s 2011 Grammy’s Dress
Rihanna’s risqué peekaboo dress by Gaultier was the most talked-about outfit at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Tongue In Cheek Meets Runway
He is known for his tongue in cheek comments especially a condescending description of models as a “walking coat hanger”. Either way, Gaultier took this to the runway and shows several models including Naomi Campbell like rendered hangers with miniature jackets, tuxedos, jumpers and skirts stiffly fixed to their fronts.
Diversity On The Runway
Gaultier was one of the pioneers who took a chance on incorporating diversity on the runway. He started this in the 1980s where he placed an ad in the French Liberation Daily seeking “Atypical models…”. Each time he has done this, it has been memorable.