The famous French designer, aka fashion’s enfant terrible, is set to take his final bow tomorrow after a remarkable 50 years in the business. Gaultier created his eponymous label in 1982, immediately setting the industry ablaze with his innovative and groundbreaking designs (like Madonna‘s now iconic conical bra). In 2015, he announced he was shutting down his ready-to-wear label so he could focus on haute couture and now he’s decided to shut down his Parisian atelier. (Technically, Gaultier said “Haute Couture will continue with a new concept” on Twitter so stay tuned.)
To celebrate Gaultier’s last trip down the haute couture catwalk, we’re taking a look back at his finest haute couture collections, from way back in the late 90s all the way up to last season. See below to witness some of the greatest creations the French couturier sent down the runway.
Spring 1998 Haute Couture
All eyes were on Jean Paul Gaultier in January 1998 as he presented a magnificently modern take on the Age of Enlightenment.
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Spring 2002 Haute Couture
Mixing high and low with ease, Gaultier took us on a journey through a torrid night on the streets of Paris complete with a topless Naomi Campbell.
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Fall 2004 Haute Couture
There were capes galore for the Fall 2004 Haute Couture outing, made of leather, suede, fur, velvet and wool in an array of colors.
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Fall 2009 Haute Couture
Blond bombshell Lara Stone opened the show, setting the tone for the glamorous looks to follow.
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Spring 2012 Haute Couture
Inspired by Amy Winehouse, models sported voluminous updos, winged eye makeup, beauty marks, pencil skirts and Gaultier’s take on a polo shirt.
Fall 2013 Haute Couture
A collection that would make Cruella de Vil blush full of furs, voluminous shapes and leopard prints.
Spring 2014 Haute Couture
Built around butterflies, the collection was brimming with beautiful reinterpretations punctuated by burlesque diva Dita Von Teese hitting the runway decked out in a vibrant corseted creation.
Spring 2016 Haute Couture
The designer focused on the glory days of Parisian nightspot Le Palace for his Spring 2016 Haute Couture outing with models Rianne ten Haken and Anna Cleveland emulating the flamboyant and decadent mood perfectly.
Fall 2017 Haute Couture
Gaultier made us want to hit the slopes after presenting his ski-chic Fall 2017 Haute Couture spectacular.
Fall 2019 Haute Couture
Everything from leopard prints to strong silhouettes to rich furs to a juicy color palette were present at his latest haute couture collection, a nod to past collections and a showcase of pure craftsmanship.