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Jean Paul Gaultier
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Although he has no formal training, Gaultier has a secure position as one of the ‘bad boys’ of contemporary French haute couture. At 18, he was hired by Pierre Cardin after showing him his sketches. Apprenticeships with Michel Goma at Patou and Angelo Tarlazzi followed. He presented his own first collection, fabricated from textiles purchased at street markets in Paris, in 1977. By 1981, his irreverent, witty styles, were borrowing from street style and challenging gender, body, and age concepts. He has designed costumes for stage and film, dabbled in television and music, and currently (2011) designs under his own name as well as for the house of Hermes.