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Jean Paul Gaultier Returns To Ready-To-Wear

Exploring the latest Les Marins collection and revisiting his most iconic moments on runway

By Siddhi Dolas  June 14th, 2021

If you noticed an unsettling ‘The end’ post on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Instagram last month, you may have experienced a similar meltdown like millions of other fashion fans who tried to decipher what it meant. Now we know that the ‘end’ marked a new beginning for the Maison along with an exciting Ready-To-Wear launch. With 50 legendary years in fashion, Gaultier who is considered as fashion’s enfant terrible is acclaimed for his theatrical and inventive showmanship. After a six-year-long hiatus, the Maison reinvents its Ready-To-Wear line through the Les Marins collection that was showcased in a whimsical underwater film featuring Bella Hadid, Qaher Harhash and Omar Sesay.

A designated website for the collection briefly described the summer drop that transports us to an aquatic world as – the Maison revisiting the myth of the Sailor so dear to Gaultier, starting with the iconic Marinière and the traditional US Navy hat. The collection is unisex, inclusive, collaborative and perspires of misty sea air.

Photo courtesy: Jean Paul Gaultier

Newly appointed creative director, Florence Tétier has marked the start of her time with this nautical-inspired collection that pays homage to iconic design elements from Gaultier’s legacy like cone bras, Breton striped and kitsch sailor hats that depict the label’s avant-garde spirit. Along with Tétier, five designers – Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Ottolinger, Palomo Spain, Marvin M’Toumo and Alan Crocetti were also invited to interpret Gaultier’s design codes.

After its last couture showcase in 2020, looking at yet another spectacular collection shows us that Gaultier’s legendary fashion house is still at its helm. We couldn’t help but look back at some of the most iconic runway moments that earned Gaultier his reputation as L’Enfant Terrible of couture.

Spring/Summer 2015. Photograph by David Fisher.

 

Fall/Winter 2011. Photograph by Pascal Le Segretain.

 

Beth Ditto walks the Spring/Summer 2011. Photograph by Pascal Le Segretain.

 

Spring/Summer 2007. Photograph by Steve Lock.

 

Spring/Summer 2003. Photograph by Steve Wood.

 

Autumn/Winter 2005. Photograph by Stephane Cardinale.

 

Naomi Campbell walked in Gaultier’s Frida Kahlo-inspired collection, which also saw her sport a monobrow. Photograph by Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho.

 

Madonna and Gaultier for the Autumn/Winter 1992 collection. Photograph by Ron Galella.