JEAN PAUL GAULTIER – Multiculturalism & Iconoclasm

Jean Paul Gaultier translated onto garments this new era of multiculturalism and multisexuality. When he started his own brand (haute couture and prêt-à-porter) in the 80s, he grounded his work in traditional techniques while creating irreverent collections at the crossroad of gender, race and cultures. His use of cornucopian references blurred boundaries between the catwalk … Continue reading

PART TWO – FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY : The Creation of Narratives, Fictions and the Glamorization of Otherness

What especially facilitated the diffusion and impact of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work was his understanding of fashion as an interdependent microcosm. Fashion is a system, and both the design of garments and fashion editorials stem from the same process, thus mutually feeding each other. In The Fashion System (1967), Roland Barthes analyzes fashion as a complex level … Continue reading