French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, bids farewell to the catwalks with his latest Haute Couture show today in Paris, commemorating his 50th anniversary in the fashion industry.
Gaultier took his first steps with great designers and houses such as Pierre Cardin, Patou, Givenchy or Hermés. In 1976 he began working as a freelancer and launched his first pret-a-portebrand; Mayager. In the 1980s, thanks to his collections Hig Tech, Etier Papier, Paris Gaultier or Le Dadaisme became one of the most influential designers, crediting him with the nickname of the “enfant terrible”of French fashion.
Always provocative and iconoclastic, Gaultier will be remembered for betting on a multipurpose, transgressive and irreverent style in his shows, far from all conventionalism. While this earned him multiple reviews, but they also made him a singular, show-loving character surrounding the industry.
His collection Man Object (1984), in which he presented the absolute masculinity of the models combined with dresses and kilts skirts, the famous Madonna’s cone bra for Blonde Ambition tour (1990), his emblematic sailor t-shirt inspired in one of the garments reinvented by Coco Chanel or her representation of Marian iconography, among others, are some of the avant-garde creations that have gone down in history for his personal and distinctive style.
Gaultier has not only triumphed on the catwalks, but also his designs have been chosen by celebrities such as actresses Cate Blanchet, Marion Cotillard, his model, muse and friend Rossy de Palma or Nicole Kidman; singers such as Beth Vitto, Kylie Minogue, Marylin Manson, Myléne Farmer Conchita Wurst, or Dita Von Teese. He has also been the costume designer for movies as “The Fifth Element” Luc Besson’s, “Kika, by Pedro Almodóvar or “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and His Lover” by Peter Greenaway.
We can’t ignore his career in the perfume industry. His fragrances are ground-breaking, exuberant and very rebellious, being true to his personal style.
Obviously, the fashion world will yearn for this great designer on its runways, but has ensured that Gaultier Paris will continue its journey and has revealed that it has in mind a new concept for the brand, insinuating that there will soon be new information about it. Au revoir, Monsier Gaultier