L’enfant terrible of French fashion celebrates his 63rd birthday today!
For those of us in our late twenties-early thirties, who fell in love with fashion in the 1990s, Gaultier was inescapable. That decade cemented Gaultier’s entire legacy. He was already very well known in Europe as the boy genius who never even received any formal design training, but his work with Madonna on her 1990 Blond Ambition Tour made him a household name.
The iconic cone bra is currently travelling the world as part of the World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit that premiered in Montreal in 2011. It can now be seen in Paris until August 3rd, and then it will move on to Munich.
Fans of Gaultier’s legendary work can see creations from all stages of his career, as well as somewhat frightening facial projections on to the mannequins faces.
The Haute Couture garents that Gaultier produced throughout his career are truly spectacular and are well worth the detour to see them in person. Highly recommended.
Just looking at any fashion magazine today, we see the influence Gaultier has had on the fashion industry as a whole. He was the first to use models who had tattoos and piercings. The firsts to showcase older models, plus size models as well as bending traditional gender roles. He did what he wanted and always pushed the envelope.
Have you seen the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit? What did you like best?