Jean Paul Gaultier Utility Vest

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Jean Paul Gaultier Utility Vest


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 mens 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. 

His take on the waistcoat shown above is a sterling example of his ability to meld youthful attitude into classically sharp tailoring. Here he takes a 7-button gabardine waistcoat, adds 8 pockets, three with featuring thick zippers, and places a d-ring over the wearer’s chest. 

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 48

Shoulder: 15in

Pit to pit: 19.5in

Length: 21in

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