Jean Paul Gaultier (born April 24, 1952, in Arcueil) is a French fashion designer.
Gaultier had no formal training as designer. Instead, he started very early to send sketches to famous couture stylists. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970. His first individual collection was released in 1976 and his characteristic irreverent style dates from 1981. Gaultier's following collections are based on street wear, focusing on popular culture. He popularised the use of skirts, especially kilts on men's wardrobe, and the release of designer collections. Gaultier caused shock by using unconventional models for his exhibitions, like old and fat women, pierced and heavy tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This actions granted him both criticism and enormous popularity.
Gaultier also designed the wardrobe of many motions pictures, including Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, Pedro Almodóvar's Kika. Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour also featured his creations.