Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

by Colin McDowell

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Jean Paul Gaultier by Colin McDowell

Jean Paul Gaultier, quixotic cultural trailblazer of fashion, has been a byword for his outrageous, witty and even revolutionary approaches for twenty years. As designer, TV star and gay icon he has used his subversive sense of humor to make us question our attitudes toward sex, especially in the way we use dress to proclaim gender attitudes, social values and cultural morality.

But it would be wrong to assume that Jean Paul Gaultier is merely the court jester of the international fashion world. He has never failed to produce collections of total originality that inspire as much as they shock. There is scarcely a fashion movement in the last decade that was not first revealed on Gaultier's runway. He is a cult figure not only in art schools, but also in the imagination of the general public -- to such a degree that he has achieved the ultimate accolade of becoming a household name across the globe.

It is often forgotten that behind all the excitement Gaultier is one of the most accomplished and consistent creative talents in Paris. Underneath the outrage his clothes are the work of a practical man whose recent couture collections have been inspired by a love of the craft of dressmaking as well as the love of pure beauty.

As this book demonstrates, Gaultier is a totally and uncompromisingly original design maestro and a uniquely talented man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670894543
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The Little King
Childhood and adolescence
Family life
Influence of grandmother
School days
Hobbies and interests
2Embryonic Enfant Terrible
Growing obsession with fashion
'Imitation' collections
First job
Influence of Cardin
Learning to break the rules at Patou
3Sometime Innocent Abroad
Travel to India
Work in Manila
The excitement of London and New York
Sexual liberation and the growth in confidence
4'And Jean Paul Created...'
The breakthrough
Eighties' style guru
Shock tactics
World profile
Pied Piper of youth
5Polishing Up the Polymath
The broadening picture
Nineties' experiments
Madonna
Films
Perfume launches
Eurotrash
The new couture
Acknowledgements

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