Ensemble dress, tunic & hats, Jean Paul Gaultier

The 'Chic Rabbis' collection

  • Jean Paul Gaultier

  • Autumn/Winter 1993-1994
  • Cardigan: black jersey wool. Dress: rayon, polyester, polyamide, silver and black elastane, fringes of black hair at the wrists, metallic clasps. Hat: skullcap covered with a tray round and lined with false mink.
  • GAL2000.247.4abc
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

This collection drew lots of media attention and was not always understood: some saw it as mockery, when in fact Jean Paul Gaultier intended it as a tribute to a community, the proof that beauty is everywhere and that inspiration knows no taboos. Struck by the unconscious stylishness of Orthodox Jews, Gaultier decided to make it the starting point for a ready-to-wear collection for women. In traditional Judaism it is forbidden for women to wear men's clothing, but these are no longer traditional garments: the designer has turned the trousers into a dress, keeping only the style of the silhouettes that originally inspired him.

Notice's author : Laurent Cotta