Looking back: Jean Paul Gaultier

After reading Sybil’s previous entry about MCM, I was reminded of my school days when Jean Paul Gaultier (JPG) was quite a hit namely in their accessories line and I wondered how this master is doing in our vast fashion universe. Known as the Enfant Terrible of French fashion, JPG’s collections have been mainly based on street wear and pop culture. He is famous for his sculptured cone shaped bra that Madonna wore and his use of unconventional models (be it age, shape, pierced or tattooed).

A quick search showed his pendant for the unconventional, seen in the choice of models he showed recently.

Energetic plus-sized model from his Spring Summer 2011 collection, proudly flaunting his design.

Elegant plus-age model from the Fall 2011 collection.

Not to forget the controversial Andrej Pejic (as seen below).

The androgynous male model who has been modeling womenswear for Jean Paul Gaultier. His topless cover in the Dossier magazine was almost censored. See full story here.

I also chanced upon a current exhibition that is happening in Ontario, Canada.

More than 120 items from around the world will be exhibited, with highlights of “the first paper dresses from 1966 and a silk dress imprinted with newspaper headlines designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior”. The exhibition also aims to examine how designers and artists like Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Pablo Picasso applied their work to printed furnishing and fashion textiles, resulting in interestingly fresh products.

Other items on show include pattern-dyed textiles from Africa and Asia where “the wide range of techniques used to create these iconic styles reveal little-known links between hand and industrial printing and eastern and western traditions” and “women’s and children’s fashions from the 1790s to 1880, which show how inventive textile manufacturers enticed consumers by combining printing techniques to create new colours and patterns”.


Woman’s dress and man’s T-shirt designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

1966 Paper dress

Riotous Colour, Daring Patterns: Fashions + Textiles 18th to 21st Centuries
at the Royal Ontario Museum
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume ( Level 4)

Now till 16th Oct 2011

Another event that will be coming up is The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Side walk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 17th June to 2nd October 2011. See here for more details!

X Alex

(Images from ELLE, Telegraph, Huffington Post, fashionprojects and victorianmagazine)

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