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Jean-Paul Gaultier
Spring Summer 2009
A.G. + E.W., October 6, 2008
Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
 
When Kashiyama, a well-funded Japanese clothing manufacturing conglomerate, caught wind of Gaultier's growing reputation, his career was launched. They signed him to an exclusive contract for men's and women's collections under his own name. Renowned as perhaps the most avant-garde fashion designer of his time, Gaultier was sometimes called the Prince of Perversity. He was known for keeping a keen winking eye on young London and New York street fashions, reinterpreting them with a dash of Parisian panache, then pushing them out on his runways. Some of his most recognizable cutting-edge designs are jackets, dresses, and jumpsuits with indiscreet cutouts that make the garments resemble cages. His unique designs also include dresses and tops with sliced open breasts and bra-like torpedo inserts, fichu off-the-shoulder tops, multi-colored Lycra, vinyl and leather bike pants, and kilt-ish skirts for men. His always outrageous shows were held in an amphitheater that was actually a converted slaughterhouse outside of Paris. The shows were considered the media events of each fashion season partly because tickets for the collection were so coveted. Ultra-fashionable throngs of Gaultier groupies, dressed in both his latest and now-classic designs, and masses of the fashion press vie, sometimes violently, for seats to see his innovative, thought-provoking parade of new designs. Even nonfashion celebrities show up--actor Jack Nicholson, former model Verushka, singers Grace Jones and Neneh Cherry, and exiled film director Roman Polanski.

Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
 
Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
Jean-Paul Gaultier_2009 Spring-Summer Collection_Boisière pour SIPA
 
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