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Previously co-host of Eurotrash, a feminist and (briefly) a pop star, bleach blonde designer Jean Paul Gaultier is a talented man. The former ‘enfant terrible’ of French fashion is one of the most significant designers working today, his appeal bridging the elite and mass markets. Jean Paul Gaultier is hailed as the saviour of haute couture (Gaultier Paris was launched in 1997) and from 2004 to 2010 he redesigned Hermès. Born in 1952, he was beguiled by French fashion from a young age and would sketch showgirls from the Folies Bergère to impress his classmates. It was his wardrobe for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour of 1990 that made him world-famous, in particular for a certain salmon-pink corset with conical bra cups. A celebrity and a genius possessed of both a piquant sense of humour and a deadly serious talent. As a child he wanted to be a pastry chef and made costumes, including the very first cone bra, for his teddy bear because his parents wouldn’t let him have dolls. Jean-Paul likes to go to the cinema at least twice a week and French film Falbalas, where a couturier falls in love with his muse,is his all time favourite and one of his biggest inspirations.


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