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Jean Paul Gaultier (Fashion Designer)

Updated: Mar 1

Category: Fashion Designer

Post Contributors: Alice Thomas, Olivier Blanc

Portrait of Jean Paul Gaultier by Olivier Blanc

Profession: Fashion Designer

Born: April 24th, 1952, Arcueil, France


Nationality: French


Famous for:

- Cone-bra corset

- Collaboration with Madonna

- Being L' Enfant Terrible of Fashion




© Illustration by Olivier Blanc


Links for resources:

Official website


Timeline biography (The National Gallery of Victoria)


Galleries of all Jean Paul Gaultier's Collections from 1994 to 2022 (Vogue)


Biography and gallery of photographs (Dazed)


“I’d seen her (Madonna) singing Holiday on Top of the Pops and thought she was absolutely my style – the jewellery, the crucifixes, the way she dressed, her look – this was what I was doing with my collection. I adored her.”

Interview by Kim Willsher (The Guardian)


1984 Cone bra corset dress, article by Oleg Mindiak (Fashion History Timeline)


'From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk', exhibition introduction (Brooklyn Museum)


'[...] Originally designed Madonna’s cone bra for his teddy bear', article and photographs of iconic designs by the couturier (W Magazine)


Discover the France Pavilion, Jean Paul Gaultier from A to Z (France Dubai Expo)


91 objects with photographs (V&A London)


‘I love the eccentricity and the freedom of England’, interview by Tim Lewis (The Guardian)


Jean Paul Gaultier's Best Runway Moments, article and gallery (The Cut)


'Paris Is Losing Its Greatest Ready-to-Wear Showman', gallery & article (The Cut)


Costume design for The 5th Element, film analysis (Fashion History Timeline)


Fashion in Motion: Jean Paul Gaultier (V&A London)


Fashion in Motion: Men in Skirts (V&A London)


Celia Walden talks to Jean-Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible of the Fashion world, (The Telegraph)


'A gallery celebrating the witty and astounding years of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture' (EFHA)


Jean Paul Gaultier Talks Clubbing in London, Madonna and Teddy Bears (i-D)


Further research: (topics in connection):

- Fashion Design

- Ben Hur chair


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