The World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Hello, this blog is dedicated to the French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. If you are in Paris,  now there is an exhibition dedicated to him.

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You will find sketches, archives, stage costumes, film footage, fashion shows, concerts, video clips, dance and even television shows.

01 April 2015 to 03 August 2015

Open : on Sundays and Mondays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
 Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm


Here, a brief biography of the “bad boy” of the fashion world:

1952-Born on April 24 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France

1970-He started as an assistant for Pierre Cardin and a year later he moved to work with Jean Patou

1976-He established his own fashion label and held his first runway show in Paris

1982-Launched his own design house

1985-He introduced the man-skirts

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1990-Lost his partner Francis Menuge who died of AIDS. The same year, he created Madonna’s conical bras for her Blond Ambition tour


1997-Launched his first couture line

2003-Head designer at Hermes


2008-Designed the costumes for Kylie Minogue’s X tour. The French actress Marion Cotillard dressed in Gaultier at the 80th Academy Awards



2011-Ended his relationship with Hermes. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts organized a retrospective exhibition dedicated to him

2012-New creative director for Diet coke


NOW– An exhibition organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, together with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.



Inspiration: his maternal grandmother closet, her corsets in particular; once he made a bra for stuffed bear.


Fixation with stripes and navy tops.  As adolescent, he used to wear stripes tops because flea markets were in fashion and the tops were cheap. Then he got fascinated by the French Navy tops and its graphic style.



He collaborated in the design of costumes for many films: The City of Lost Children and The Fifth Element, and for filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

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He didn’t have formal fashion training. “I DIDN’T STUDY FASHION IN SCHOOL”



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