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Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘Evening dress’, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘Evening dress’, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Evening dress, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture

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Courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier / Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
Jean Paul Gaultier
French, b. 1952
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“Too much comfort is not good for creation,” says Jean Paul Gaultier, the world-famous French fashion designer whose work has been bending gender norms and pushing the envelope since the 1970s. Entirely self-taught, Gaultier began his career working as an assistant to Pierre Cardin, before breaking out with his solo collections in the early ’80s. His predilection for incorporating elements of bondage and lingerie—as in his most iconic work, Madonna’s cone bra for her 1990 world tour—has earned the designer a reputation as an “enfant terrible” of the fashion industry, as have his fluid ideas of gender, evidenced most notably by his frequent use of skirts in menswear. “What is masculine and feminine anyway?” he has said. Gaultier spent seven years as creative director for Hermès and has designed wardrobes for several films; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum have both mounted exhibitions devoted to his work.

Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘Evening dress’, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘Evening dress’, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
Exhibition history
Medium
Fashion Design and Wearable Art
Image rights
Courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier / Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photography © Platon
Jean Paul Gaultier
French, b. 1952
Follow

“Too much comfort is not good for creation,” says Jean Paul Gaultier, the world-famous French fashion designer whose work has been bending gender norms and pushing the envelope since the 1970s. Entirely self-taught, Gaultier began his career working as an assistant to Pierre Cardin, before breaking out with his solo collections in the early ’80s. His predilection for incorporating elements of bondage and lingerie—as in his most iconic work, Madonna’s cone bra for her 1990 world tour—has earned the designer a reputation as an “enfant terrible” of the fashion industry, as have his fluid ideas of gender, evidenced most notably by his frequent use of skirts in menswear. “What is masculine and feminine anyway?” he has said. Gaultier spent seven years as creative director for Hermès and has designed wardrobes for several films; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum have both mounted exhibitions devoted to his work.

Evening dress, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture

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