Saturday 25 November 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier’s ten most memorable runway moments

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Bearded Lady Conchita Wurst stepped out on the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture show in Paris last night, joining a long list of the unconventional models that the designer has championed.

Fashion maverick Jean Paul Gaultier didn’t earn the nickname “L’enfant Terrible” for nothing.

The so-called 'rebel of French fashion' has always approached his designs and shows with a hint of brazen cheek, resulting in some unforgettable runway moments.

Since his first show in 1976, he has delighted in shocking the world by challenging the conventions through his use of models who are older, full figured, pierced, tattooed or trans gender.

Here are ten of the most definitive runway moments from his long and illustrious career:

In 1984, he debuted the conical-bra silhouette that would later propel Madonna into an international fashion icon.


In 1992, the audience’s jaw dropped as the aforementioned Queen of Pop walked the catwalk bare-chested in just a pair of suspender-trousers.

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In 1993, British model Stella Tennant appeared on his Paris catwalk sporting a graphic tattoo- though it was fake, it was the first time a visible large tattoo had featured on a runway.

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In 2001, a curvaceous Sophie Dahl modelled a corset dress that is now synonymous with the designer’s aesthetic and has inspired his iconic perfume bottles. 

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In 2005, Gaultier continued to break the model mould by championing up and coming full-figured model Crystal Renn.


In 2006, the designer celebrated the 30th anniversary of his business in typically mind boggling fashion- by “levitating” a model during a show in Paris.


In 2007, both Gaultier and Coco Rocha found their place in our nation’s hearts when the then 18-year-old Canadian model and accomplished Irish dancer danced a jig down the runway.

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In 2008, American model Chanel Iman donned a cowboy hat and talk to the runway posing with a cigar.

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In 2009, then 19-year-old Jourdan Dunn walked the catwalk at seven months pregnant.


In 2011, the controversial model Andrej Pejic (the male dubbed the “most beautiful model in the world”) appeared in the autumn winter show. The trans gender model has gone on to become a regular fixture in JPG's couture and ready to wear shows.

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