Happy Birthday, Jean Paul Gaultier!

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Starting out as Pierre Cardin’s assistant in 1970, Jean Paul Gaultier showed his first collection in 1976. His collections have always been influenced by street culture and the media, and he’s known for twisting gender roles in his designs, often overshadowing the intricate design and construction of his work. Gaultier became a household name in the U.S. when he designed the costumes for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour, featuring cone bras, Roman top-knot ponytails and extreme makeup design.

The bad boy of fashion turns 55 today.

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