Up until 2014, he designed for three collections: his own couture and ready-to-wear lines, for both men and women.
At the spring/summer 2015 show he announced that he was closing the ready-to-wear labels to focus on haute couture.
In 2005, the unisex "fragrance for humanity" Gaultier² (pronounced Gaultier to the power of two) was launched (except in Canada, where it was launched in January 2006, and the United States, where it was launched in August 2006).
Through this collection, he was able to freely express the scope and range of his aesthetic, drawing inspiration from radically divergent cultures, from Imperial India to Hasidic Judaism.
As a result of this success, Hermès hired Gaultier as creative director from 2003 to 2010.
Jean-Paul Gaultier co-presented the popular television series Eurotrash with Antoine de Caunes. Instead, he started sending sketches to famous couture stylists at an early age.
Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970.
Labels include Jean Paul Gaultier, Gaultier PARIS – couture collection – and former JEAN'S Paul Gaultier, Eyewear Jean Paul Gaultier and Jean Paul Gaultier Argent.
Besides his ready-to-wear collection, in 1988 Gaultier expanded his brand to include the label Junior Gaultier, a lower-priced line designed for the youth market with a heavy nautical influence that he began to carry throughout all of his collections.
Mod is ambition made flesh and cloth; it is arguably the closest the British have come to articulating their own version of the American Dream.
In the class-bound cities and suburbs of the mid-20th century, far beyond the celebrity world of Swinging London, the style was adopted by ambitious men and women who sensed the importance of being smart mentally and sartorially in order to make the most of their opportunities in a country where higher education, home ownership and foreign travel were coming within the reach of most people for the first time.
From the sharp-suited Soho jazzmen of the 1950s to Bradley Wiggins, Mod is the British style that never seems to grow old.