Jean Paul Gaultier SS1996 French Tattoo Top

Jean Paul Gaultier SS1996 French Tattoo 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.

Throughout his career, Gaultier’s work has always drawn inspiration from a variety of cultures around the world (in 1992 Vogue described his aesthetic sensibilities as "a startling vision of cross-cultural harmony”). This top however pays tribute to his birthplace, France, and presents a more placid set of visuals than what’s usually to be expected from Gaultier, displaying a series of iconography of day-to-day life in Paris.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 12in

Pit to pit: 13in

Length: 22.5in

Sleeve: 22in

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