Jean Paul Gaultier AW1995 Virtual Reality Top

Jean Paul Gaultier AW1995 Virtual Reality Top


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.

This top features a devil-like figure displayed within a circuit-board graphic. It’s on par with the type of cyber-influenced visuals that Gaultier and others throughout the early ‘90s interpreted as the aesthetic language of the not-so-distant future; an aesthetic that was created and largely influenced by the trepidation many felt about hastening innovation and the looming millennium. The piece is composed of a slim-fitting cotton blend which Gaultier repeatedly used throughout the ‘90s, and is meant to cling to the wearer’s body.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 15in

Pit to pit: 19in

Length: 24in

Sleeve: 24in

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