Jean Paul Gaultier draws on his past to construct his present
by Melissa Tunstall
Jean Paul Gaultier created a re-edition line featuring some of his favorite and most iconic pieces from over the years. His pre-fall 2013 designs feature “classic” pieces that have been updated to make them more wearable and workable. Some of the re-created looks include wide-leg pants, the “robe sac poubelle”, and leather platforms. All together he is reintroducing 15 pieces.
According to WWD, Gaultier wishes “to show things which are still good today and can add something extra [ . . . ] I also wanted to give young women the opportunity to have some of the shapes and pieces I’m most proud of and that are truly me.”
Some of these pieces have been redeveloped to bring them into the present. For instance, Neoprene today is much more resilient than it was years ago. There’s no question that Gaultier used his past as inspiration, but he made sure it was still wearable and relevant in today’s world.