Madonna's corset by Jean Paul Gautier for her MDNA tour (VOGUE), 2012

The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

French enfant terrible of pop couture Jean Paul Gaultier is one of my fashion heros. In 1990, when he designed the clothes of Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour (my other hero, as you know), I saw his sketches of the stage clothes in magazines at bookstores and they were art pieces of their own. His drawings were A-MA-ZING and truly an inspiration for me to draw!

Illustration Madonna by Jean Paul Gaultier, Blond Ambition World Tour Cherish outfit 1990
Illustration Madonna by Jean Paul Gaultier, Blond Ambition World Tour Cherish outfit 1990

I never tried to copy his style (there was no internet around that time, no google whatsoever), but when I look at my own illustrations, I definitely see a similarity in his and my signature. We both love black thick and thin lines. Remember I was a little boy around that time (I was eleven years old), and as the years went by I forgot this first encounter of illustration art.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier in Rotterdam

This week I visited the great exposition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier in Rotterdam. Over a hundred and forty original creations from the early 1970s to the present day, and from both his haute couture collections and his ready-to-wear lines, can be seen at the Kunsthal. When you love fashion it's an EYE-mazing fingerlicking rollercoaster of beautiful dresses, dessins, colours, shoes, wigs and fabrics. Big surpise to me were the moving faces, projected on some to the mannequins.

Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier
Couture by Jean Paul Gaultier
Great contrast! Stripes windows versus lamps Jean paul Gaultier
Great contrast! Stripes windows versus lamps Jean paul Gaultier
The face of these mannequins are moving!
The face of these mannequins are moving!
What a work: all beads!!! By Jean Paul Gaultier
What a work: all beads!!! By Jean Paul Gaultier
Punk! by Jean Paul Gaultier
Punk! by Jean Paul Gaultier
Romantic dress by Jean Paul Gaultier
Romantic dress by Jean Paul Gaultier
Gorgeous dress, great styling... Jean Paul Gaultier
Gorgeous dress, great styling... Jean Paul Gaultier
Japanese influences by Jean Paul Gaultier
Japanese influences by Jean Paul Gaultier

What a surreal experience! Absolutely gorgeous and innovating concept!

I made lots of pictures (great atmosphere, lights and themes), and when I was walking by all the lovely designs of the master I saw them... His illustrations. The real ones.

Óne of Jean Paul Gaultier's original illustrations for Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990
Óne of Jean Paul Gaultier's original illustrations for Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour, 1990

WOW! Flashback! This was such a precious moment to me (no I did not cry)... I also saw some of Jean Paul Gaultier's creations for Madonna, and I felt like I was the happiest gay in the world. How cool! You could even touch the black corset he made for Madonna's MDNA Tour. Heaven!

Madonna's corset by Jean Paul Gautier for her MDNA tour (VOGUE), 2012
Madonna's corset by Jean Paul Gautier for her MDNA tour (VOGUE), 2012

 

And a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAXjFIp71Mw

The exposition ended on May 12th, 2013. At the end of the expo you could buy lots of great Jean Paul Gaultier stuff. The ARTBAG specially designed for this was for sale too! The proceeds of this bag went to the STOP AIDS NOW! foundation. And you have your own real Jean Paul Gaultier bag!

Me and my Jean Paul Gaultier art bag
Me and my Jean Paul Gaultier art bag

LOVE, Joey

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All pictures by Joey Holthaus

First published in 2013, updated in 2019