In this edition of The Global Conversation, euronews’ Isabelle Kumar is joined by iconic French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who is celebrating 40 years in fashion with a worldwide touring exhibition featuring some of his greatest, most provocative and daring creations.
From a council house estate to the catwalk, from an early age Gaultier dreamed of designing as a means of escaping his humble Parisian roots. Along the way he drew inspiration from his grandmother, a key figure throughout his life.
Many people will be familiar with his work via his collaboration with pop singer Madonna but Gaultier had made a name for himself as the “enfant terrible” of fashion well before he made raised eyebrows with his famous conical bra…
Gaultier was just 18 when he was given his break by the legendary designer Pierre Cardin. Still at school, he spent odd afternoons learning his trade from the French master and fashion magazines, fueled by a burning desire to succeed. Work became and remains an obsession for Gaultier, and even though he’s decided to give up haute couture, he told euronews that his diary is as full as ever as his expo tours the world and he embarks on several new exciting projects.