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As a teenager, Jean Paul Gaultier (b. 1952) sent design sketches to Pierre Cardin, who then hired him as an assistant. He later worked with Esterel and at Jean Patou before founding Jean Paul Gaultier S.A. in 1978. He was not immediately successful, but his streetwear-inspired collections hit a chord with 1980s fashionistas. He also began to experiment with underwear as outerwear, and he designed the famous lingerie-inspired stage costumes for Madonna.

In 1984, Gaultier began a menswear line – a line that sometimes put men into skirts. Junior Gaultier, a lower-priced line, was started in 1987 and Gaultier Jeans was launched in 1992. In 1997 he added a couture collection. From 2004 to 2010, Gaultier was also the designer at Hermès.

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from a 1980s Junior line jacket - Courtesy of pinkyagogo

from a 1980s Junior line jacket

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from the lining of a 1980s jacket - Courtesy of alonesolo

from the lining of a 1980s jacket

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from a 1980s mens jacket  - Courtesy of maisongauche

from a 1980s mens jacket

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from a pair of mid 1980s pants - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a pair of mid 1980s pants

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from a 1990s sweater - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a 1990s sweater

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from a pair of early 1990s jeans - Courtesy of carla rey

from a pair of early 1990s jeans

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from a mid 1990s jacket - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a mid 1990s jacket

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from a mid 1990s skirt - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a mid 1990s skirt

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from a 1990s jacket - Courtesy of pinkyagogo

from a 1990s jacket

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from a mid 1990s denim dress - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a mid 1990s denim dress

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from a 1993 Chic Rabbis dress - Courtesy of Esther

from a 1993 Chic Rabbis dress

Courtesy of Esther

from a 1995 suit - Courtesy of pinkyagogo

from a 1995 suit

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from a late 1990s shrunken sweater vest - Courtesy of Noble Vintage Clothier

from a late 1990s shrunken sweater vest

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from an early 2000 blouse - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from an early 2000 blouse

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from a pair of early 2000s jeans - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a pair of early 2000s jeans

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from an early 2000s shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from an early 2000s shirt

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from an early 2000s shirt (hang tag) - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from an early 2000s shirt (hang tag)

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from an early 2000s shirt (hang tag) - Courtesy of Pinky-A-GoGo

from an early 2000s shirt (hang tag)

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from a mid 2000s shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a mid 2000s shirt

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from a pair of mid 2000s pants - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a pair of mid 2000s pants

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from a late 2000s bathing suit - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a late 2000s bathing suit

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from a late 2000s bathing suit (hang tag) - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

from a late 2000s bathing suit (hang tag)

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from a 2000s top made by FUZZI  - Courtesy of themerchantsofvintage

from a 2000s top made by FUZZI

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from spring, 2010 - Courtesy of Joules Vintage

from spring, 2010

Courtesy of Joules Vintage