5 iconic moments of Jean Paul Gaultier's career
Happy Birthday JPG!
Best known for his eponymous design house and his seven year stint at Hermès as head designer, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the iconic names to have shaped the world of fashion over the past 40 years, enriching the industry with his avant-garde approach to style, and his eclectic penchant for design. Never formerly trained in the field of design, Gaultier's passion and flare presented him as an exceptional talent, and was mentored by the likes of Pierre Cardin, Jacques Esterel, and Jean Patou.
In celebration of the French designer's 62nd birthday, Buro 24/7 takes a look at five iconic moments that have influenced Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion career to date.
1. Gaultier's costume designs for Madonna's Blond Ambition tour in 1990 received international acclaim - the characteristic conical bras and basques that we all associate with the singer ranking among some of the most iconic designs in history.
2. In 1992 the designer introduced Gaultier Jeans, as well as a line of accessories and perfumes, asserting his role not only in the world of fashion, but his talents reaching far beyond this also.
3. In 1993, Gaultier launched his signature, no wait, that's iconic scent in that all-too-familiar glass bottle shaped like a corseted figure.
4. 2003 saw Gaultier succeed Martin Margiela in his position as head designer at Hermès - a tenure that would last seven successful years for the French design house, until 2010 when he stepped down from the position, having designed the spring/summer 2011 collection as his last for the house.
5. In 2012, the French designer was appointed creative director for Diet Coke, designing limited edition bottles, as well as launching himself into the creative input of the brand's advertising campaigns and innovative online projects.