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Jean Paul Gaultier Handbags and Purses

French, b. 1952

Endeavoring to tear down gender stereotypes and sartorial norms on the catwalk, making underwear outerwear, putting men in skirts and models of all shapes and sizes on the runway, the wildly provocative French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has created transformational clothing designs that draw on numerous influences and boldly merge haute couture with street sensibility.

An only child raised in the suburbs of Paris, Gaultier didn’t have a formal fashion education. But he loved to sketch and was drawn to clothing, citing the corsets in his maternal grandmother’s closet as having a formative impact on his creative direction. He’s said that some of his earliest fashion work was for his teddy bear, and later he would send his sketches to designers he revered, including Pierre Cardin.

Gaultier began his career in 1970 as an assistant to Cardin, who admired the sketches the 18-year-old had sent for his appraisal. After Gaultier had his first runway show in 1976, featuring unconventional statements like pairing motorcycle jackets with ballerina skirts, it didn’t take long for his star to rise. His playful but exquisitely crafted reimaginings of classic Parisian styles — the striped mariner shirt, the trench coat — soon became recurring themes of Gaultier’s eponymous house, which he founded with his life partner and business associate Francis Menuge in 1982. “He was absolutely peerless for the longest time in the late ’80s and early ’90s,” fashion editor Tim Blanks told the New York Times. This was the period of Gaultier’s most iconic designs.

In 1984, Gaultier’s “Boy Toy” collection challenged men’s fashion with striped shirts and skirts — and sold around 3,000 of them. He was hailed for spectacle-laden runway shows and superb tailoring. Gaultier began to work with Madonna during the late 1980s, and, at the pop star’s request, he designed the costumes for her 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour. Her pink corset became a cultural touchstone of the era.

Gaultier continued to expand his brand, debuting his first couture collection in 1997 and creating costumes for film and stage. He was nominated for a César Award for Best Costume Design for The City of Lost Children (1995) and then a second for Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997).

From 2003 to 2010, Gaultier was the creative director for Hermès. The first international exhibition of his work, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” debuted in 2011 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and toured to cities including Stockholm, New York City, Dallas and London. He presented his last ready-to-wear collection in 2014 and in 2020 stepped down from his couture line, ending his boundary-pushing, industry-shaping reign with a raucous show of more than 230 outfits formed from fragments of collections from across his 50-year career.

One of fashion’s enfants terribles, Gaultier has never sought out pretty for pretty’s sake. Instead, he has challenged the traditional ideals of beauty. Today, the designer's vintage clothing designs — experimental undergarments cut from lace and suede, leather-trimmed evening dresses and jackets of denim, plastic or striped jersey — are as punk as they are high fashion.

Browse a wide range of Jean Paul Gaultier clothing and accessories today on 1stDibs.

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Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier 1998 brown leather bustier backpack
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in London, GB
Jean Paul Gaultier 1998 brown leather bustier backpack
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Jean Paul Gaultier Tropical Print Utility Belt
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER utility belt featuring 5 removable pockets (some with velcro closures, others with zippered closure) hanging on an black estaticated strap. Great multicolored sum...
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Jean Paul Gaultier Woven Wallet Card Holder
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in New York, NY
Jean Paul Gaultier Woven Wallet Card Holder in sturdy black leather with triple matte gold locks from the 1980's. Includes original box and pouch. 1980's France. 4.5" x 3" x .5".
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Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Black Lambskin Corset Bag Clutch
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
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1990S JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Copper Leather Backpack Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in New York, NY
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Vintage 1998 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Iconic Bustier Corset Leather Backpack Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1998 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Iconic Bustier Corset Leather Backpack Bag Measurements: Height: 14 inches (35.56 cm) Width: 11 inches (27.94 cm) Depth: 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) Featur...
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Vintage JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Junior Leather Trapezoid Hard Box Bag
By Gaultier Junior, Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
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Jean Paul Gaultier Parachute JPG Foldable Transformable Vintage Straps Bag
By Jean Pail Gaultier, Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in PARIS, FR
Parachute bag by Jean Paul Gaultier! Transformable! Leather case / buttom. Extra pocket on the front! Strap is adjustable. NEW without tag! The label`s stye is faded, but it is j...
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Vintage 1998 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Iconic Bustier Corset Leather Suede Shoulder Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1998 JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Iconic Bustier Corset Leather Suede Shoulder Bag Measurements: Height: 14 inches (35.56 cm) Width: 11 inches (27.94 cm) Depth: 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) ...
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Jean Paul Gaultier Black Patent Iconic Corset Shoulder Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER black patent iconic corset shoulder bag. Front has a gorgeous criss-cross lacing detail. Strap is made of grosgrain lace. Zippered top closure. Black monogra...
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Jean Paul Gaultier Large Black Nylon Bomber Shoulder Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Paris, FR
Jean Paul Gaultier large black nylon bomber bag featuring a leather shoulder handle, a bomber jacket shape, with zip, pockets and ribbed finishing, a tarnish gold-tone hardware, an i...
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vintage JEAN PAUL GAULTIER gold coated comic print 3 utility pouch belt bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Hong Kong, NT
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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Brown Leather Embossed Bull Piercing Shoulder Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in San Francisco, CA
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER shoulder bang comes in a brown leather featuring a embossed "Bull" with piercing detail and a inner zipper pocket. Comes with dust bag. Made in France. Good Pre-O...
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Jean Paul Gaultier red and navy trompe l'oeil print shirt and pants set, ss 1996
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