Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier was born on 24th April in 1952, in Bagneux. He is a famous stylist and he created lots of crazy suits for women and men, he is also a perfume creator. After experiences with Pierre Cardin, Jacques Esterel and Jean Patou and again Pierre Cardin in the 1970s, he created his first brand under his name.
He dresses men with women suits, and has twisted the gay movement with his creations; on his runways, models can be people whom he met in the street. He dares to do things that nobody did before him.
In the 80s, he became famous because he dressed a bride in black and everybody was shocked because it was so different from what they were used to seeing that they didn’t really understand his message at the beginning.
Through his creations, JPG wants to show that nothing has to be seen as shocking because it can be beautiful for somebody. So we can say that he delivers a message of tolerance.
Everyone sees him as an inaccessible person but in reality he is really close to his fans. I saw him this summer on the beach in St Jean de Luz and he said hello to all the persons that he met.
All his exhibitions are fantastic by their sizes and by the products that he exposes; you can never be bored by what he does because it’s never the same and it becomes crazier over time.
Last year, I went to see one of his exhibitions in the Grand Palais and it was marvelous because this kind of dresses and men suits cannot be seen anywhere else than in one of his exhibitions. Nobody can reach his talent and his craziness.
I could see all of the creations he made through time and how it has evolved following the different trends. The exhibition presented new facets of the creator (fashion design and ready-to-wear clothing), created from 1970 to 2013. There were also sketches, archives, theatrical costumes, extracts from movies, from fashion shows, concerts, video clips, shows of dance and television programs.
I learnt that famous people such as Mylene Farmer and Conchita Wurst paraded during his fashion shows, wearing his black bride dress.
It was an extraordinary exhibition and I was very impressed by seeing the extent of his talent.
That’s why I advise you to try to see this exhibition on internet because it’s finished at the Grand Palais.