Jean Paul Gaultier AW1986 Russian Constructivist T-Shirt

Jean Paul Gaultier AW1986 Russian Constructivist T-Shirt


With no formal fashion education to boast of, Jean Paul Gaultier established himself in the 70s and 80s as the “enfant terrible" of French fashion. His irreverent style left nothing sacred, dancing over the standard guard rails of high-fashion — he played with gender roles, adorning men in skirts decades before others opted to, and allowed plus sized women and older men to grace his runways. His talent was undeniable, though his utilization of such gifts made him a fiercely divisive designer. While often ripped by the French press, he gained the hearts of numerous subversive, forward-thinking icons, including Madonna and Marilyn Manson, both whom he conceptualized tour wardrobes for.

The fall of ‘86 stands out as one of Gaultier’s most iconic outputs. It channeled the artistic stylings of the Constructivist movement, a style of Russian art which ran hand-in-hand with the concurrent revolution, and was largely influenced by political philosophies. A recurring inspiration for Gaultier, the movement’s catalyzing voice Vladimir Mayakovsky later appeared on an entire series of pieces for the AW1997 collection. This t-shirt features an oversized, boxy cut, and a graphic of a pair of artists from the era.

Condition: 9/10. General feeling of use given the age, some fading. No significant flaws otherwise.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 25in (drop shoulders)

Pit to pit: 23in

Length: 27in

Sleeve: 9.5in

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