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Jean Paul Gaultier

Spring/Summer 2016 | Autumn/Winter 2016

Jean Paul Gaultier is a man of contradictions. As the designer that took the couture scene by storm through his infamous, provocative looks on the likes of Madonna, he can trace his mastery and skill sets to his time at legendary French classic couturier Pierre Cardin. From the beginning of his career, Jean Paul Gaultier wanted to show that beauty comes in many forms and that even the simplest item, like a tin can—first a bracelet and later the packaging for his hugely successful perfume—can be transformed into a stunning, coveted object.

“SWAROVSKI MAKES LIFE AND FASHION SPARKLE. EVEN THE MOST COMPLICATED CRYSTAL DESIGNS ARE NO SECRET FOR THEM”

— Jean Paul Gaultier

A personal homage to the power of opposites, Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Atelier Swarovski, Reverse, plays with the concept of ‘perfect imperfection’ in a series of asymmetric styles using the new Kaputt crystal. Several pieces can be reversed, switched by the wearer according to mood. Hand finished in Italy, the glamorous twelve-piece collection that explores the creative potential of crystal in daring styles plated in 24 carat gold. Due to popular demand, Gaultier re-launched Reverse for Autumn/Winter 2016, featuring collection favorites plated in a sleek ruthenium.

After working at Esterel, Patou and again at Cardin, Jean Paul Gaultier decided to start his own fashion house and staged his first show in Paris in 1976. Critical and commercial success followed quickly, and by the early eighties he was one of the worlds most talked about young designers. In 1997 Gaultier launched his haute couture collection, ‘Gaultier Paris,’ and from 2004 to 2011, Gaultier was the designer for Hermès womenswear. Gaultier career stretches to encompass the fields of dance, music and cinema. His costumes for Madonna’s ‘Blond Ambition’ tour have left an indelible imprint on popular culture. A man without parallel, Gaultier continues to be fashion’s go-to rebel for reinvention.

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