The Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Edition fragrances read like a history book of the designer’s summer clothing collections – with each bottle ‘dressed’ to reflect the current catwalk stand out pieces.
When launching his fragrance range in 1993, what could be more natural from the flamboyant designer than to encase the sweet smelling liquids in a female torso? The silhouette was cheeky, all cinched in waist and cleavage cast in glass. And when the fragrance range expanded to include the summer fragrances that make up the ‘Classique’ range in 1997, what better than to dress his girls for summer and add red hot designs to the torsos inspired by the prints and themes of the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk collections.
We thought it would be great to get some of the Jean Paul Gaultier summer girls together with photographer James Champion for a family portrait, a history if you like, of his summer fragrance hits. And of course it acts as an initiation to the new Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance for 2011 – the Silver My Skin Limited Edition that will launch in August this year. This being fashion, some were too busy to attend. But those that did had a wild wild time.
The Jean Paul Gaultier Family – left to right:-
Classique Silver My Skin Limited Edition, Launched August 2011
The newest addition, this reflective bottle is like a trophy or precious vessel containing a forbidden elixir.
Classique 2000 Summer Edition ‘The Tahiti Dress’, Launched Feb 2000
This year’s new dress was a Pacific Island inspired, asymmetrically floral number.
Classique 2007 Summer Edition ‘The Sun Tattoos’, Launched Feb 2007
The female bottle (she now had a lover introduced in 1998) is emblazoned with a tatoo dominated by S for Sexy, Sunlight, Seduction.
Classique 1998 Summer Edition ‘The Latino dress’, Launched Feb 1998
Inspired by Parisienne Punk and Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, the dress is a see though coppery veil.
Classique 2003 Summer Edition ‘The Butterfly dress’, Launched Feb 2003
Taking a cue for his 2003 collection from American sculptor and painter Alexander Calder, the robe was covered in fluttering butterflies.
Classique 2002 Summer Edition ‘Buddha dress’, Launched Feb 2002
In 2002 it was all about spirituality in this robe inspired by Tibetan Monks with an incandescent saffron aura.
Classique 2011 Summer Edition ‘Maori Tattoos’, Launched Feb 2011
“ So Gaultier!” only months old, this summer’s girl is no shrinking violet bearing her Maori inspired tatoos and mystical compass roses for all to see.
The Classique Silver My Skin Limited Edition Eau de Toilette is available on counters from August 2011.
Photography James Champion