MUSIC ID: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Tribute to the 1980s

“Why should it all be about minimalism? There’s room for joy as well”.

Text: Yiota Dendrinou


The talented designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, left everyone nearly speechless when he presented his Spring/ Summer 2013 collection in Paris, last September. “An homage to all the pop star of the eighties, who have influenced fashion and my fashion with their look”, was written on the show notes and gave a hint of what was going to follow.


The fashion icons that influenced music with their work in the ‘80s bombarded the french catwalk. The show opened with Grace Jones, dressed by the designer with tuxedo looks.



After that, Annie Lenox paraded in tailored, pin stripped suits and reminded the glory days of Sweet Dreams.


Madonna, a muse of Gaultier in the ‘80s, and her famous cone bra inspired the designer to create a series of classic Madonna looks of this decade.


Karlie Kloss entered the catwalk as a new Boy George and was followed by three looks more that reminded the singer, with bold colours, prints and Japanese style clothes.


Jane Birkin’s flawless style was interpreted in clothes with sheer details.



Iconic Michael Jackson could not have missed from this collection, since his style is still worldwide recognizable, after all those years.


The ethereal singer Sade was represented by top model Joan Smalls in a perfect black dress.


Gaultier’s try in pop music back in 1989 with Aow Tou Dou Zat inspired a series of crochet pieces with his characteristic stripes.


The Swedish group ABBA was present in the collection through satin jackets and jumpsuits.



Last but not least, David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust were seen in a colourful jumpsuit with stars that was the highlight of the show.



The collection was, maybe, a little awkward and dissimilar for some people. But the designer solved any doubt with his own words, stating that “In the ‘80s there were all these crazy looks, whereas nowadays it’s all about copying what others are doing, like kind of clones”. So, be inspired from this decade and create your own personal unique style!