Jean Paul Gaultier AW1997 Fight Racism Pants

Jean Paul Gaultier AW1997 Fight Racism Pants


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.

Gaultier was as socially fearless as any designer to have surfaced before him. While many tip-toed into inoffensive political activism, he disavowed subtlety and made proclamations such as “Safe Sex Forever” (a reference to the AIDS epidemic which claimed his longtime lover) and “Fight Racism.” This graphic was produced on shirts, trucker jackets, faux fur coats, and, as seen here, pants.

Condition: 8/10. Some discoloration throughout.

Tagged size: 48

Waist: 14.5in

Rise: 10.5in

Thigh: 11.5in

Inseam: 31in

Hem: 8in

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