Jean Paul Gaultier

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Full NameJean Paul Gaultier
BornApril 24, 1952
Place of BirthArcueil, France
LabelsJean Paul Gaultier; Hermès (2003–2010)
PartnerFrancis Menuge (from 1975; died 1990)
Known ForUnconventional designs with motifs including corsets, marinières, and tin cans; Founded his eponymous fashion label in 1982; Creative director for Hermès from 2003 to 2010; Co-presenter of the television series Eurotrash from 1993 to 1997
Net Worth $300 million
CareerNever received formal training as a designer; Worked with Pierre Cardin, Jacques Esterel, and Jean Patou; Released first individual collection in 1976; Founded own fashion label in 1982; Introduced iconic women’s corset with cone bra in 1984
Notable ContributionsReinterpreted classic pieces; Revived the marinière for men with “Boy Toy” collection in 1983; Introduced skirts for men (kilts) in 1984; Collaboration with Wolford Hosiery
RetirementRetired following 50th-anniversary haute couture show during Paris Fashion Week in January 2020

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