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founded by

Jean-Paul Gaultier

belongs to

Hermes, Aeffe Group, Jean-Paul Gaultier S.A.


In 1976 Jean-Paul Gaultier presented his first collection under his own name, at the "Palais de la Decouverte" comprising articles such as furnishings, table sets in plaited straw. In 1977 he started his own firm, for couture. In 1978 his first collection with partner Kashiyama. He held twice-yearly collections of feminine wear, the most important of which. In 1981 Gaultier changed his partner and Kashiyama went back to Japan, where he still produces Gaultier products under licence for Japan and the Far East. Sales in Italy were handled by Gibo for woven goods and Equator for knitsIn 1988 Gaultier launched his jewellery line.

Hermes have financed Jean-Paul Gaultier since 1999, to the extent of 35 % of his company. In May 2003, they announced that Gaultier would become the chief designer at the house of Hermes, replacing Martin Margiela. Gaultier designed for them beginning with Fall/Winter 2004. This is the first time that Jean-Paul has designed for any house, other than his own label.

The Look

Gaultier does not like primary colours, he prefers ivory and half tones. His images are tiny but sacrilegious, his cut a little better, his vision breathtaking. He is a designer who has made his reputation by attaching 12" conical breasts to Madonna and putting men in Lycra jumpsuits covered in small diamond shape mirrors. As his fantasies wing their way down the runway, you see Backless T-shirts, cutaway jackets with more space between than fabric, a riot of prints, insanely skirted mens pants and beautiful women. Very little is what one would expect. This sets him apart from other controversial designers. He starts with some classic point, something people are familiar with like a blazer, or a chemise, then he deforms it, knots it, stamps on it, but retains its classic shape. Gaultier's vision of 21st century clothing is spray-on disposable clothes, seamless and without openings. To take it off, one would pull firmly and throw away. According to Gaultier, our clothing has not changed drastically up till the 20th century, and styles and construction have not kept pace with advances in technology. He says changes are imminent. He will probably be the designer putting them into practice. He popularised the use of skirts, especially kilts on men�s wardrobe, and the release of designer collections. Gaultier caused shock by using unconventional models for his exhibitions, like old and fat women, pierced and heavy tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This actions granted him both criticism and enormous popularity.

Who Wears It

Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue


1993 Jean-Paul Gaultier Parfum(based on Schiaparelli bottle of "Shocking" from 1937)
1993 Haute Perfumerie
1993 Summer Fragrance
1994 Jean Paul Gaultier Eau de Toilette
1996 Le Male
1997 Jean Paul Gaultier Summer (W)
1999 Fragile (W)
2000 Classique
2001 Fragile Eau de Toalette (W)
2002 The Buddhist
2002 L'Eau d'Ete (W)
2003 Classic (W)
2005 Gaultier 2 (W)
2005 Gaultier Summer (W)
2005 Classique Bien Roulee (W)
2005 Classique Les d'ete 2005 (W)
2005 Classique Rock Star (W)
2005 Le Male Les d'Ete 2005 (M)
2006 Classique Alcohol Free Summer Fragrance 2006 (W)
2006 Classique Autumn Winter (W)
2006 Classique Prestige (W)
2006 Le Male Stimulating Body Spray 2006 (M)
2007 Classique l�Eau d�Et� 2007 (W)
2007 Fleur du M�le (M)
2007 Le Male Scuba Diver (M)
2007 Le M�le Tonique Cologne 2007 (M)
2008 Classique Summer Fragrance 2008 (W)
2008 Cologne Le Male Summer 2008 (M)
2008 Gaultier 2 Eau d`Amour (U)
2008 Ma Dame (W)
2008 Monsieur Eau du Matin (M)

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