Monday, 4 March 2013


Kylie Minogue in JPG

Jean-Paul Gaultier

This “enfant terrible” has been one of my favorite designers since I started off as a Fashion and Interior Design Journalist in the early 80-s.

I was immediately captivated by his personal and very new , punkie and sexy fashion that would suit any strong and independent woman. Immediately taken on by Madonna and worn by her at her Blond Ambition Tour in the late 1980-ies.
Not to forget his super feminine shapes of perfume bottles and their packaging that again reminds you of his curvy woman’s suits that show that he is not only a fantastic designer but also a genius tailor!
Just look at his Classic range of bottles, curvy, feminine and masculine.
And his amazing design and ad for Madame, the play with words and the choice of model, Agyness Deyn.

When he launched Gaultier x 2, he put two bottles together with magnets and decorated the bottles with hearts and in the box you found little fridge magnet with loving words on.
And every summer he designs a new outfit for his summer perfume! It has become a collector’s item!

His graphics are always very adventurous and daring but also true to him.  You now straight away this is by JPG! And now he has not only designed a bottle for Diet Coke but also fabric and cushions for Leleivre.

He has a way of using classical design and graphics and remake it into something new, which turn  the design into being  timeless and long lasting.

 I  love the way he has used iconic people in his shows. In one of his latest shows he had models recreated as Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie), Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Boy George,  Grace Jones etc.

At the moment he is having his own exhibition in Rotterdam (Kunsthal) until 12 May. I will try to get there!

He has also designed furniture for Roche Bobois.  So whatever next Monsieur Gaultier?

Ziggy Stardust by JPG. David Bowie will have his own exhibition in the V&A in London soon! Watch this space for that. Bowie is also releasing a new album 11 March! Good reviews in The Times!

The lates catwalk had pop icons like Ziggy Stardust(David Bowie) , Madonna, Michael Jackson, Boy George and Grace Jones as "models" and inspiration. Fun!

Last year he designed the Diet Coke bottle.

Rihanna, another pop icon under his spell.

Fabric and cushions for Lelievre.

Agyness with the famous MaDame bottle.

Boy George!

A younger Jean-Paul.

Get married Jean Paul Gaultier style.

Furniture for Roche Bobois.

Madonna during her Blonde Ambition tour.

And finally, his famour perfume JPG Classique!

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