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Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Designer Profile
Known as the bad boy of French fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier’s fresh take on fashion has made him one of the most renowned designers of today. His collections have been inspired by a collection of culture and though extraordinary and lively. However his haute couture collection is very glamorous and formal.
Surprisingly, Gaultier never received any formal training as a designer. Been off to sending sketches to famous high fashion designers, Gaultier in 1970 was hired by Pierre Cardin who was impressed with his work.
By 1976, he had released his own individual collection. By the late 80s, he had designed a lower price line into the youth market called Junior Gaultier later replaced by JPG by Gaultier.
As time and taste changed, Gaultier followed the trends with his ready-to-wear collection and he’s now known to master the look of chiffon gowns, trench coats and pantsuits. His 1996 collection shown in Berlin was made of backless dresses, revealing corsets and waistline suits.
He had created a selection of fashion wear especially geared for showing in the German capital which he described as an inspiration to him because it was so roan and creative. These creations were about seduction.
He topped off his 1998 Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection with a wry look at the historical revival sweeping the catwalk with costumes inspired by the 18th century and tawaret people suits. Gaultier mixed to Versi with Sahara.
A slim midnight transfer suits came with detachable bustles that served as a pocket book while a coat printed with sepia photographs of dessert dwellers came over a full length to a little dancing skirt paired with the right blouse and tie. But the real clothes were there as well.
Leather jumpsuits and black claipped sheets with hoop skirts to take off, a silk dress of tiny black beads or a black veiled top hat that fastened at the back like bodices of lore.
The wedding dress showed Gaultier to be as versatile designer as anew. Helping Gaultier’s rise to fame has been his involvement in designing costumes for films and outfits for some of the biggest names in entertainment.
He co-designed with Leviâ€™s Madonna’s full length, V-necked clack silk and drak gray great toulle ensemble worn to the 1997 Academy Awards. And as we all know, Madonna was the preeminent pop star of her generation who stayed a step ahead of trends while add a new shock value to keep herself in the news and Gaultier helped her along by designing the infamous and legendary cone bra worn during her blond ambition tour.
Tribal patterns borrowed from Amari took center stage in his 1999 collection with colorful outfits and shirts in tribal patterns. As a result of his success, Gaultier was hired by Hermès, the French leather goods company known for their equestrian background and expensive handbags.
For his 2004 Hermes Collection, Gaultier took his inspiration for color from the skins of horses. Palomino, sorrel, chestnut and black were all prevalent throughout the fabrics. The range was comprehensive from the fantastic pants to jumpers, long and knee-length skirts and even dresses in rich shades were inspired by the traditional Hermès scarf.
Gaultier also created many of the gowns that are seen on the red carpet today such as the white gold gown worn by actress Marion Cotillard. Its scalloped edges made the Raiden actress resemble a modern day mermaid.
He also designed the sheer and delicate black gown Nicole Kidman wore when she received her best actress Oscar in 2003. Gaultier’s outfits aren’t for everyone however, thanks to his skill and sophistication, his clothes are interesting, beautiful and wearable.