‘It’s a look very much associated with the sea’
Who knew the 19th Century French Navy were so stylish?
Inspired by the nautical style of French sailors and Coco Chanel’s 1917 collection, as well as his own marinière outfits as a child, the stripe and Gaultier is a classic combination, adapting the design for couture and pret-a-porter.
Fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart looks back at the origins of Gaultier’s most iconic motif – the Breton stripe:
From high seas to high fashion, Amber Jane Butchart explores Gaultier’s reinvigoration of maritime occupational wear:
Hear more about Gaultier’s ‘Sailors’ collection and see photos of his Breton inspired couture in our free app, Gaultier: His Fashion World.
Set sail to discover some of in The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk until Monday 25 August 2014.