Jean Paul Gaultier
From the uniform of the masses to the dreamlike fashions showcased in his runway shows, Jean Paul Gaultier remains convinced that fashion will always have a special place in our lives: “It’s about a need for visual recognition, staking a claim.” But the couturier refuses to be defined as either political or provocative.
A man of conviction, he sees himself more as a revolutionary, systematically calling into question clichés, standards, codes, conventions and traditions. He turns, shifts and flips them around - even destroys them - in his bid to reinvent them.
Paris is the promised land for the suburbanite captivated by the theater of life. As a couturier, he never tires of unveiling all the richness by looking with fresh eyes at the City of Light, a subject that’s inspired artists countless times before.
Jean Paul Gaultier is a benign voyeur, curious about everything and fascinated by difference. Worlds untouched by the standardization of fashion are grounds for stylistic expression. By transposing, distorting and assembling, he succeeds in cross-border blending.
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