We owe everything to Jean-Paul Gaultier. There are too many glorious Gaultier moments to try to list here, from the best collections of many a season in the 1980s, 90s, and now, the groundbreaking work Jean-Paul did with Madonna, Marilyn Manson, and Kylie Minogue, the single, the scents, the sensational advertising campaigns... Even looking through the designer's contributions to V's pages is delerium-inducing.
Here, let's look instead at some of the most beautiful films ever made, with costume design by the one and only JPG: Pedro Almódovar's La mala educación (Bad Education) (2004) and Kika (1993), Luc Besson'sThe Fifth Element (1997), Marc Caro's and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's La cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children) (1995), Josiane Balasko's Ma vie est un enfer (My Life is Hell) (1991), and Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989).
Can you imagine a world without the faux-nude gown? The cage dress, the cone bra, the underwear as outerwear movements... they all stem from one genius house. We know: you know your recontructive roots. Here's to many more years of radiant reinvention, Gaultier's birthday (April 24th).