Jean Paul Gaultier is renowned as the “enfant terrible” of French fashion and his street-wear influenced designs have become iconic. From man skirts, to Madonna’s famous conical bustiers, Gaultier redefined couture in the 80s. He used unconventional models in his shows – older men and women, heavily tattooed or androgynous models – and in the conservative world of couture he was seen as controversial and provocative.
To coincide with a major exhibition at London’s Barbican (running until August 25th this year), Matches have an exclusive selection of Gaultier pieces for sale from archives of LA vintage store Decades. Customers will be buying a piece of fashion history, a garment that’s an investment, and many of the items are already sold out.
I have long adored Gaultier’s corsets and if I had the means they would be my pick of the collection. They’re the signature Gaultier pieces and will never go out of style. Some of my favourites below and you can see the full collection here.