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Jean Paul Gaultier

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**Biography and Career Highlights:**
– Born in 1952 in France.
– Started career by sending sketches to famous designers.
– Released first collection in 1976.
– Founded own fashion label in 1982.
– Designed costumes for Madonna’s tour in 1990.
– Retired after 50 years in the fashion industry in 2020.
– Described as the enfant terrible of the fashion industry.
– Creative director for Hermès from 2003 to 2010.
– Hermès acquired 35% of Gaultier’s label for $23 million in 1999.

**Fashion Innovations and Style:**
– Introduced cone bra corset dress in 1984.
– Designed iconic Wolford tights in 2001-2002.
– Known for men wearing skirts.
– Shocked audiences with unconventional models and playing with traditional gender roles.
– Trendsetter for the granny grey hair color trend.
– Inspired by baby boomers TV culture and street culture.
– Main inspirations include French popular culture, mixing of types and genders, sexual fetishism, and futurist designs.

**Global Presence and Fragrance Line:**
– Had 40 stores worldwide by 2008.
– Puig acquired the license for $79.2 million for Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances in 2016.
– Closed ready-to-wear label.
– Announced retirement in 2020.
– Fragrance lines for women, men, and unisex.
– Puig targets €2bn with JPG scents.
– Unveiled new feminine fragrance.
– Fragrances featured on Fragrantica and DutyFree Magazine.

**Media and Entertainment Involvement:**
– Collaborated with brands like Hermès and Supreme.
– Participated in Eurovision Song Contest and Cannes Film Festival.
– Served on Cannes competition jury.
– Collaborated with Drag Race France.
– Featured in music and film projects.
– Perfume and cologne line popular in the industry.

**Notable Designs and Recognition:**
– Designed Madonna’s cone bra for Blond Ambition World Tour.
– Collaborated with artists like Björk, Marilyn Manson, and Mylène Farmer.
– Designed dress worn by Kerry Washington at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
– Exhibited at prestigious venues like the Grand Palais in France.
– Received various awards and recognition in the fashion industry.

Jean Paul Gaultier (Wikipedia)

Jean Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24 June 1952) is a French haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion designer. He is described as an "enfant terrible" of the fashion industry and is known for his unconventional designs with motifs including corsets, marinières, and tin cans. Gaultier founded his eponymous fashion label in 1982, and expanded with a line of fragrances in 1993. He was the creative director for French luxury house Hermès from 2003 to 2010, and retired following his 50th-anniversary haute couture show during Paris Fashion Week in January 2020.

Jean-Paul Gaultier
Gaultier in 2006
Born (1952-04-24) 24 April 1952 (age 71)
Arcueil, France
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Hermès (2003–2010)
PartnerFrancis Menuge (from 1975; died 1990)

Aside from his work in the fashion industry, Gaultier co-presented the first seven series of the television series Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes from 1993–1997.

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