French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is considered by many the “enfant terrible” of the fashion world, thanks, in part, to his tireless efforts in challenging the views of the industry. For that reason, the Telegraph decided to explore Gaultier’s world and talk to him about his beginnings, his life, and what the future holds for him. Naturally, there is plenty to discover about the world of Jean-Paul Gaultier, so we suggest you read the entire article. In the meantime, however, here are five things we learned about Jean-Paul Gaultier that you might not already know:
1. He started designing his iconic cone bra when he was seven.
When Jean-Paul Gaultier was seven years old, he would dress up his teddy bear in a series of outlandish outfits. “The first coned-shaped bra I made was for that bear,” he says, his unserious, seriously clever face breaking into a smile. “The poor thing went through a lot. When the Duchess of Kent got married and Queen Fabiola of Belgium, he had to wear wedding dresses.”
2. He think there is a large divide between style in France and England.
“There is a particular humor in Britain that you don’t find elsewhere, and one can see that in the way you dress. You’re so good at making fun of yourself here, whereas in France people feel that they always have to be serious, tasteful, and adhere to ‘the code’. People think that everyone wears black in France; in fact they all wear grey.”
3. He thinks French First Lady Carla Bruni is a chameleon.
“She’s been so clever because she’s playing the role of the First Lady and she’s doing it well. Carla would have been assassinated if she’d dressed the way she normally likes to dress. Then when she’s promoting her albums, she dresses as a singer again.”
4. His grandmother is partly responsible for his obsession with the female form.
“Not because she had that shape,” he giggles, “but I would watch her put on a corset that would give her that shape at a time when every woman looked like Twiggy. “I found the instrument so fabulous and beautiful, right down to the texture of it and the way it laced up down the back.”
5. He has an opinion on Lady Gaga.
“I think she’s talented and very inpolitically incorrect, which I love. But I also think that she read up on Madonna’s life and learnt it like the Bible.”
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