Jean Paul Gaultier, Enfant Terrible

Once known as the “enfant terrible” of fashion, Gaultier was in town to speak at Toronto Fashion Week….
—Jeanne Beker, Globe and Mail, Nov. 9, 2017.

[Y]ou might have a hard time drawing a direct connection between the stylish but somewhat subdued wartime esthetic on display and the radical anything-goes haute couture designs that have made Gaultier the perennial enfant terrible of international fashion.
—Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette, Sept. 15, 2017.

This year’s list included Jean-Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible of French fashion in his very first visit to Toronto….
—Salimah Shivji,, Sept. 7, 2017.

Jean Paul Gaultier, l’enfant terrible de la mode parisienne, complète cette année par cette exposition grandiose…La planète mode de Jean Paul Gaultier: de la rue aux étoiles.
—Diane Lessard,, May 27, 2017.

Alors que le créateur célèbre ses 60 ans, c’est aussi l’heure du bilan des 30 ans de la maison Jean-Paul Gaultier…celui que l’on surnommera l’Enfant Terrible.
—Andrew McNally, Journal de Montréal, Feb. 23, 2017.

So it just made sense that they would collab with legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier for a selection of haute teas outfitted by the enfant terrible himself.
—Jasmine Roberts,, Mar. 20, 2015.

Jean Paul Gaultier seems to be falling out of love with the fashion industry. The one-time enfant terrible was once seen as the heir to Yves Saint Laurent…
—Thomas Adamson,, Apr. 2, 2015.

It was adieu to Jean Paul Gaultier’s ready-to-wear. The one-time enfant terrible, who turned fashion on its head and Madonna’s bra into a feminist symbol, gave his last curtain call Saturday….
—Thomas Adamson, Hamilton Spectator, Sep. 29, 2014.

Meanwhile, couture’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier travelled to Rajasthan to produce a gypsy-infused homage to India.
—Thomas Adamson, Victoria Times Colonist, Jan. 23, 2013.

Jean Paul Gaultier crashed through fashion’s doors of perception by creating outfits that shocked, amazed — and always inspired…. “For many years, people called you “l’enfant terrible” of the fashion world—the bad boy. Did it give you a bit of a thrill…?”
—Jeanne Beker, Toronto Star, June 15, 2011.

[L]e Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal présente la toute première exposition internationale jamais montée sur la carrière de Jean Paul Gaultierl’enfant terrible de la mode.
—Shirine Saad,, June 14, 2011.

I’ve met many designers over the past 25 years, but the most impishly charming has to be Jean Paul Gaultier, the onetime “enfant terrible” of  fashion.
—Jeanne Beker, Globe and Mail, Jan. 29, 2011.

Winner: Jeanne Beker, Thomas Adamson (tie): 3






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2 comments on “Jean Paul Gaultier, Enfant Terrible
  1. daveS says:

    on-font terrrreee bbblllleh?

  2. OJM says:

    I gather he’s widely credited with introducing the concept of “underwear” to France.

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