Jean Paul Gaultier still finds fashion 'thrilling'
Jean Paul Gaultier will always make clothes for the "thrill" of it.
The French designer has been in the business for around 40 years now, spending time at the helm of Hermes and creating haute couture under his eponymous label.
With so much changing in the world of fashion, Jean ensures he isn’t deterred from the path which he set out in the first place and advises others not to focus on earnings over passion.
“It was all about the person wearing my designs. No matter how he or she looked, I wanted to show the inner beauty of the person. I had no money, but I realised my idea anyway,” he told Refinery29 of starting out in the fashion industry.
“I’m blessed, I know. I do this not because of the money, but for the thrill. Ten years ago, the industry changed: Today, the money is more important, as well as advertising, and egos. (But) it's important to be honest with yourself and to stay motivated. Don't do things just because of the money.”
The 64-year-old worked at Hermes between 2004 and 2011 and describes his time there as an “adventure” and a “challenge”.
One of the reasons he took the top spot at the Paris-based fashion house was because its aesthetic was completely opposite to what he was used to doing at the time, having just worked with Luc Besson and Madonna on punk-inspired costumes for their movie The Fifth Element.
And Jean has taken on one of his biggest tasks to date recently, designing 500 outfits for show The One at Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast revue. The performances start on Thursday (06Oct16), with Jean gushing: “Designing clothes for such a show was always a big dream of mine, even before I did fashion.”