jean paul gaultier and the women




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Tell me Jean Paul, how can I be my most beautiful self?

Since 1976, Jean Paul Gaultier has been listening to women, and he always gives the same answer — just be yourself! What a fabulous liberating message! And the proof is in his imaginary changing room where all beauties are welcome. And everyone makes an appearance, from goody-goodies to cheeky Parisians. Bad girls, rebellious bohos and tomboys. Baby dolls and queens of the night. What a glorious melting pot of femininity! What a celebration of womanhood! Jean Paul simply adores women in all shapes and sizes. Curvaceous or willowy. Blond, brunette or auburn. Women of the world. Or not. The wild child who shook up the fashion world embraces differences! By turning his back on traditional standards of beauty. By showcasing all that is quirky, unique and full of character. In Jean Paul’s world “look pretty and keep quiet” does not exist. So there! Finally, let’s pay tribute to the women who first inspired this fashion prodigy. A big thank you to his beloved grandmother, Marie, for her beauty salon, her frills and flounces, her corsets and her basques. A big thank you to the dancers of the legendary Folies Bergère who dazzled him on TV as a child. Thanks to all these amazing women, the little Jean Paul discovered a whole new world that made him want to live in a permanent show —  where all the stars were women!


Jean Paul Gaultier spends his time creating and unravelling codes, genders and norms, only to reinvent everything with his incredible unbridled creativity. And its women who reap the benefits! With Gaultier, women can be the woman they want to be! A Hollywood bombshell in a sequinned gown. A tomboy in a tutu and biker’s jacket. An African princess in a zebra print coat. A macho chick and true rebel. From chic to informal, or classic to quirky — what could be more fun! One of the highlights of his work is, of course, his famous corset. His greatest ever reinterpretation. His most iconic creation. His obsession. But how does Jean Paul perform this magic trick? By transforming an object of submission into a powerful manifesto of ultra femininity and, in the process, freeing women from society’s shackles. And suffocating expectations! Remember Madonna as a domineering Amazonian with her couture bustier with its conical breasts jutting out of a man’s suit jacket? He’s also performed magic with the Classique bottle and its voluptuous curves by creating a corseted siren who lures a beautiful sailor into her net. But always with plenty of humour and love.

In Jean Paul’s world “look pretty and keep quiet” does not exist. 


A look spotted in the street, another discovered at a chic party. Who invented the character model? The king of street casting. And this was back in 1976! Since then, he’s introduced us to an amazingly diverse group of women! So many eclectic, atypical, known and unknown beauties, all different but all absolutely stunning. Do you know what sort of women inspire him? He loves liberated funny girls who are often out of the ordinary. And incredibly proud of being their authentic selves. Among this eclectic group we find his spirited and faithful friend Rossy de Palma, the very voluptuous Kim Kardashian, his long-time muse Farida Khelfa, and the burlesque artiste Dita Von Teese. Not forgetting Laetitia Casta, Beth Ditto, Conchita Wurst, Rosalia, and so many others…  enough to fill a whole book, magazine or poem. Women, life and love in every shape and form!


Jean Paul Gaultier has turned the fragrance world on its head. Whether you’re a sexy siren in stilettos in the mood to rock, or someone’s who’s a little bit larger than life and just couldn’t care less, Jean Paul Gaultier has a fragrance that will help you express your unique personality.

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