Supreme has revealed its complete collection with esteemed French fashion designer and couture savant Jean Paul Gaultier, dropping this Thursday, April 11.
The collection features printed denim jackets and pants, a faux fur coat with Gaultier signature print lining, a bomber jacket with integrated backpack, a three-piece suit, floral hoodies and sweatpants, rayon short-sleeve shirts, tees, a leather holster, floral Vans Eras and Chukkas, sunglasses, and a new co-branded edition of Gaultier's Le Male fragrance in its iconic torso-shaped bottle.
Gaultier is a self-taught designer who shot to prominence in the ’80s, becoming known for status quo-challenging concepts such as man-skirts, using heavily pierced and tattooed models back before such things were common, and putting full-figured women and older men in his runway shows. The irreverent designer is a perfect match for Supreme, which adds Gaultier to an impressive list of high-fashion collaborators, including COMME des GARÇONS, Louis Vuitton, and Thom Browne.
"I am thrilled by this revival of my sportswear and that the designs from my collections from the late ’80s and early ’90s will now be worn by millennials,” says Gaultier. A genuine renaissance man, Gaultier has released dance records, co-hosted cult ’90s TV show Eurotrash, and designed the costumes for Luc Besson's eye-popping sci-fi movie The Fifth Element.
Gaultier's rebellious designs attracted celebrity fans such as Marilyn Manson and most notably Madonna, who wore Gaultier costumes onstage during her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour — including that conical bra corset. The lingerie's design can actually be traced back to a Gaultier runway show from 1982 and remains a defining image from Madonna's legendary career.
Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon is fronting the launch of Supreme x Jean Paul Gaultier, wearing printed pants with the message "FUCK RACISM," an homage to Gaultier's original "Fight Racism" collection from the ’90s.