Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier`s Hommage to 80s Pop Icons; Madonna, Michael Jackson & Annie Lennox (Part 1/2)

Jean Paul Gaultier dedicates a big part of his spring/summer 2013 collection to 1980s Pop Icons, who wrote fashion history themselves, being style icons to a whole generation back then.

Madonna 1 - madonna Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13 Runway
Gaultier references Madonnas hairstyle, the hair-band / hair-bow, her birth-mark above the lip, make-up as well as her rosary / crucifixes and wearing different earrings on each ear.

2 - madonna Top: backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13, bottom: Madonna in 'Desperately Seeking Susan' 1985 (left) and 'Holiday' video 1983 (right)
Madonna`s song 'Into the Groove'  was part of the soundtrack to the 1985 movie 'Desperately Seeking Susan' in which she played the leading role, too.

3 - madonna Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13 Runway
  The 25-year-old Madonna wears an all-black look with lycra capri-leggings and cut-off fishnet-top dancing in her 'Holiday' video in 1983

Michael Jackson 4 - michael-thriller Left: Michael Jackson in 'Thriller' video 1982, right: Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13 Runway
Gaultier references Michael Jacksons iconic hat, lock, famous jackets, white socks and single glove.

5 - michael Left: Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13 Runway, right: Michael Jackson performing in Motown, 1983
  Michael Jackson wore his iconic glitter jacket and single glove when he first introduced his famous Moonwalk in 1983
Annie Lennox 6 - annie Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13 Runway
Annie Lennox` masculine, strict & powerful style was a fascination & attraction to men and inspiration to women throughout the 80s.
'Sweet Dreams' was an international success and number one Charts Hit in the USA, Canada and France in 1983.
7 - annie Top: Annie Lennox in Sweet Dreams Video 1983, bottom: backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier S/S 13

Picture Credits
Gaultier runway: Patrice Stable p/o Jean Paul Gaultier. 
Gaultier backstage: Rainer Torrado p/o Jean Paul Gaultier. 
Pop star pictures: YouTube screenshots

Creating this post was like traveling back in time for me - I`m a child of the 80s and these were the pop stars of my childhood. I ADORED Madonna back then! I loved how cool, sassy & daring she was and (like every other girl my age) I loved the way she danced. Her style became that influencial and iconic because it was 100% wearable and easy to copy for every girl (age 10-30); it was cheap, easy & fun to cut off your leggings & shirts and mix all off your jewellery. Plus one didn`t need to be skinny to pull off the look, since it covered all "problem zones". Madonna`s early 80s style WAS A LOOK TO HAVE FUN IN! I loved it back then and I still love it today!

How do you like Gaultier`s hommage? Which of these Pop Icons influenced your style?


  1. OMG, MADONNA! I used to have all her jewelry styles. Went to her concert instead of my high school prom! I want all these Gaultier pieces!

  2. I think the Madonna tribute is my favourite - takes me right back to being a little kids singing and dancing along in the kitchen! (thank goodness there were no videos of me doing it!)