That’s right! You read that correctly. Target announced yesterday that the legendary Jean Paul Gaultier, the man behind the current success of Hermes, will be the latest to design a line of clothing for the cheap chic store Target, in America. I have goose bumps all over. I must know more….when, how, what?! As soon as I know, you will too! Stay tuned!
Short history of Jean Paul Gaultier:
Instead of marching down the traditional route of schooling to become an expert in the trade, Gaultier was a natural from birth with designing and expressing his ideas through sketching. He sent his sketches to couture designers in Paris and was taken in by the great Pierre Cardin as an assistant….what a break! It wasn’t long before Gaultier broke out on his own and in 1976 he launched his own collection onto the scene. He was perhaps best known in the Eighties, for the clothing he designed for Madonna (think back to the cone-boob bustier).
His style has always stood out from the rest with its funky street wear influence and playful nature. I have always felt that his clothing was a great reflection of his personality. Jean Paul has always appeared happy and good natured and ready to tackle any obstacle put in his way with his cheery disposition – something that is not often found in the fashion world these days. His optimistic nature is highlighted even more so when you consider his share of misfortunes over the years, such as the loss of his partner to AIDS which was a devastating blow to the designer.
Since 2003 Gaultier has not only continued to design for his own named brand but also been the Creative Director at Hermes where we have seen his skill of merging tradition and modernity on the catwalk. All one has to do is take a look at his latest effort from Paris to understand the clear obsession every true fashionista has with this fantastically brilliant designer! He is also, I think, the first to put a pregnant supermodel on the catwalk – remember Jourdan Dunn and her nice little belly cover from last month? Brilliant I tell you, Brilliant!