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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||9.46(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.75(d)|
Table of Contents
|1||The Little King|
|Childhood and adolescence|
|Influence of grandmother|
|Hobbies and interests|
|2||Embryonic Enfant Terrible|
|Growing obsession with fashion|
|Influence of Cardin|
|Learning to break the rules at Patou|
|3||Sometime 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...'|
|Eighties' style guru|
|Pied Piper of youth|
|5||Polishing Up the Polymath|
|The broadening picture|
|The new couture|