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Influential Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

February 15th, 2015

Influencial Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier

April 4th, 1952 – Present



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Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer born on April 24, 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. At age 18, he joined the house of Pierre Cardin before moving on to Jacques Esterel and Patou. The debut of Gaultier’s own collection was in 1976, but he did not officially launch his own design house until 1982. His style is known to challenge standard views of fashion. He collaborated with Madonna in 1990 to create her infamous conical bras. In 2003, he became head designer at Hermes where he worked until 2011. Diet Coke appointed Gaultier as its new creative director in 2012.


Gaultier continues to expand his business in new directions, adding several new fragrances and launching a children’s clothing line. He has also become a favorite for many celebrities, including Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman. Kidman wore one of his dresses to accept the Best Actress honors at the 2003 Academy Awards. Cotillard dressed in Gaultier for her Oscar win in 2008 as well. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Gaultier has created more designs for stage and film. He created the costumes for Kylie Minogue’s X Tour in 2008 and for filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

Also in 2011, Gaultier ended his relationship with Hermés. Puig, a Spanish perfume and fashion giant, bought a 60 percent stake in his company in May. He told WWD that he was “thrilled” with the sale. “They are buying Gaultier for Gaultier, not to turn it into something else.”



Well, for one, Jean Paul Gaultier was the costume designer for Fifth Element.  If you haven’t seen that movie, you are seriously missing out.

He was also not afraid to use unconventional models for his exhibitions.  Gaultier used older men, full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and played around with traditional gender roles.

(I hope by the next few designers I’ll have a better idea on how to better articulate why I think they’re so awesome….)

I enjoy his use of color and mixed materials to create looks that are unexpected or a different take on conventional looks.



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