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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!

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.

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.

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.

WOW! Flashback! This was such a precious moment to me (no I did not cry)… I also saw some of his 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!

When you are in the Netherlands you really have to go see this exposition! It ends on 12 May, 2013. At the end of the expo you can buy lots of great JPG stuff. You must buy this ARTBAG specially designed for this! The proceeds of this bag go to the STOP AIDS NOW! foundation. And you have your own real Jean Paul Gaultier bag!

LOVE, Joey

All pictures made by Joey Holthaus

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2 Responses to The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

  1. christophe February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Joey,
    I confirm, your illustrations are very similar to that of Jean Paul Gautier, you can be proud of you Joey !
    I know there’s a lot competition among fashion designers and it’s very difficult to succeed, but honestly Joey, would you have liked to try to be a fashion designer ? For example, the green fashion competition in holland doesn’t inspire you ?
    I know you already work in wich you flourish, you have a lot of succeed and I also know it’s very easy for me to say this, but I really think you should try !

    Oh ! I almost forgot, our French friends gay will soon be able to marry, the bill has been adopted (after interminable debate) by our national assembly !

  2. Joey February 19, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Thanks for your reaction Christophe!

    I have studied Fashion Design @ ArtEZ Arnhem when I was seventeen, and now I don’t have the ambition to be a unique fashion designer. What I’m going to do in the next months is to design some shirts (men & women) with my own illustrations + illustrated bags! You can sell those items here in the webshop when they’re ready for sale… Did you know that Lonneke is the face for the Green Fashion Competition? And that Holly (also contributor for OYL: is one of the Green Fashion managers?

    Congratulations with your friends! I also heard that the United Kingdom approved gay marriage… Hip hip hooray!

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