Mar 30, 2017

The Influence: Jean Paul Gaultier SS94


Born in 1994, I must say it's an honor to know that this was a part of fashion history in the same year of my first breath. Jean Paul Gaultier is a genius. Whether you know of his work from The Fifth Element, Herm├Ęs, Madonna's cone bra, or not at all, you should understand that Jean Paul Gaultier is a living legend. 

Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring 1994 collection is everything that we need in fashion today, serving me a cross between pirates and ancient Egypt. We are full of color and boldness today, but we need to cross reference the elegance of history and basic layering. We need to find originality and look to fashion as art and a way of expression of who we are and what we represent. Everyone wants to be a trend setter but no one does research for themselves. It's so easy to copy a look off the runway or an Instagram post, it's respected when you can learn new material and apply it to something you love, like fashion. His collection reminds me of how fun was expressed through runway. His models were fierce, yet approachable and easy on the eye.  We need to find models who leave an impression on us that we'll never forget. It's becoming so easy for models to become models strictly off of a following. Collections are as timeless as their models, and we shouldn't forget that there is striking beauty in women beyond the realm of the internet. We need to compose art in fashion again. There was composition from the head of every single model, down to their toes. Gaultier wasn't fearful of tattoos or excessive prints at a time where it wasn't necessarily accepted. We must find rebellion again. Everything about this runway is art, and we have to find the same light.

All photos courtesy of Vogue.


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