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Jean Paul Gaultier|Jean Paul Gaultier

A Look Back at 31 of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Most Unforgettable Couture Looks

Fashion history, the Gaultier way.

23.1.2020

A look back at 31 of JPGaultier’s most unforgettable couture looks.

Fashion history, the Gaultier way.

Gaultier Paris fall 2002 couture Photo: Shoot Digital for Style.com Last week Jean Paul Gaultier announced on Twitter that he’d take his final runway bow at the finish of his spring 2020 couture show, which took place today. Since then Instagram has been flooded with reminiscences of Gaultier’s career from admirers and collaborators. It’s a long trajectory, indeed. Gaultier, who trained with Pierre Cardin, started making clothes under his own name in 1982; his couture debut—which you can see —was for spring 1997. The clothes he showed then set a template for what was to follow over the next 23 years and 40 or so couture collections. Gaultier Paris spring 2000 couture Photo: Condé Nast Archive Gaultier has a signature personal style as well as a well-defined design aesthetic, and there is some crossover between the two. The designer’s recurrent use of stripes and plaid reference his one-time uniform of a Breton sweater, kilt, and combat boots. Over the years, Gaultier has interpreted the stripes of the sailor’s sweater in myriad ways. The most unforgettable, in my book, was a dress that went from knit top to marabou hem, for spring 2000. Feathers, worked into intricate patterns as if they were fabric, or left to float, are among Gaultier’s favorite materials. He’s quite handy with leather (he did do a stint at Hermès, after all), and he has returned time and again to a more humble fabric, denim, even in the couture. Haute jeans might be taken in stride today, but that wasn’t the case when Gaultier started showing them. Gaultier Paris spring 1999 couture Photo: Condé Nast Archive Perhaps more than any other designer, Gaultier has woven the vernacular into the couture, in terms of materials and silhouettes (parkas, ski sweaters, et cetera). While there’s plenty of fantasy in take-your-breath-away gowns for women and men (he was an early proponent of gender fluidity), there are usually more down-to-earth options, like a sharp-cut suit or the perfect LBD, not to mention the occasional sight gags. Named Gaultier Paris, the designer’s couture collection was always a love letter to the French capital, no matter how far-flung his references. Yes, the Eiffel Tower has appeared on several gowns, but the designer’s deeper commitment is to the craft of the métier, which came to being in the city. He’s also mined Gallic tropes, such as the trench coat and the smoking à la Yves Saint Laurent. From the history of dress and from French painters like Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaultier has borrowed colors and silhouettes. Less high-brow but joyful are influences like the Folies Bergère. When he wasn’t designing for an amazone —his woman is always strong—he was thinking of the coquette. Garters, corsets, and cone bras (hello, Madonna) all got the couture treatment. Gaultier Paris spring 2019 couture Photo: Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com Gaultier Paris fall 2019 couture Photo: Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com Having been rediscovered by a new generation (most notably by the Kardashians), Gaultier has been somewhat self-referential in recent years, revisiting designs and motifs, like the naked dress and his techno dots. He also was tapped for a collaboration with Supreme in 2019. All of this has made Gaultier’s announcement all the more surprising, but he does promise another chapter, writing on : “This show, celebrating 50 years of Jean Paul Gaultier’s career, will also be the last. But rest assured, Haute Couture will continue with a new concept.” When retold the story of Alice in Wonderland , in 2003, Gaultier was cast as the Cheshire Cat. It was an inspired choice given the designer’s sense of fun. As the designer bids adieu to the, um, catwalks, it’s comforting to think that, like Lewis Carroll’s beguiling creature, Gaultier’s joyful approach to fashion will remain present even in his absence. In other words, the enfant terrible stays in the picture. Here we celebrate the designer’s achievements, with a look back at 31 of his most memorable couture looks. Read more: Vogue Runway

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