Jean Paul Gaultier SS1998 Bedouin Silk Bomber Jacket

Jean Paul Gaultier SS1998 Bedouin Silk Bomber Jacket


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 ultra-delicate, fully silk bomber is woven into imagery of a Bedouin family. The fabric is typical for a piece from the Maille line, another of Gaultier’s largely unisex lines. Unlike JPG by Gaultier, which was similarly gender neutral, the Maille line was not aimed at a lower price point, and on the contrary emphasized complex construction techniques and elegant fabrics, both on display here. The full-body print was a mainstay across the numerous iterations of Gaultier’s label, surfacing on his famous tattoo tops, and classic pieces such as the “Fight Racism” coat of ‘97. Despite its lux body, it features traditional varsity jacket detailing, including ribbed cuffs and hem.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws. 

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 19in

Pit to pit: 21in

Length: 24in

Sleeve: 24in

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