Jean Paul Gaultier Parachute Bomber Jacket

Jean Paul Gaultier Parachute 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 jacket is an example of Gaultier’s prescient gazes into both the past and the future. Ostensibly a nod to the fetishwear-tinged club kid aesthetic he both interpreted and defined, its sleek fabric blend and streamlined, military influenced touches point presciently towards where fashion progressed in the over-twenty years since it released.  The litany of details most notably include the pair of adjustable seatbelt buckle straps across the body, yet the jacket also contains a removable hood, optional high neck closure, and chunky gold hardware. Its nylon fabric cleverly wraps around the drill cotton base in a way which creates the effect of a layered vest atop the jacket. 

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 44. Fits S-M.

Shoulder: 19.5in

Pit to pit: 21in

Length: 23in

Sleeve: 25in

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