Jean Paul Gaultier SS1998 Bedouin Tattoo Top

Jean Paul Gaultier SS1998 Bedouin 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.

This elaborately printed top depicts a Bedouin family atop a mesh base. These highly detailed tops with nods to historical epochs and artworks were not uncommon during Gaultier’s late ‘90s and early ‘00s work, and the luxurious fabrics they were often paired with are on display here.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 40

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