Man's Reversible Pullover and Shirt

Designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, French, born 1952. Label Jean Paul Gaultier Homme, French. Worn by John Cale, Welsh, born 1942.

Made in France, Europe

Winter 1994-1995

Printed rayon plush on cotton ground; figured rayon twill, striped rayon satin

Pullover (Center Back Length): 28 1/2 inches (72.4 cm) Shirt (Center Back Length): 34 inches (86.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift from the private collection of John Cale, 2000

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Jean-Paul Gaultier, known for injecting kitsch into couture, continues his playful approach to fashion in his seminal reworking of menswear, first introduced in 1984. Delighting in gender ambiguities—including skirts for men—Gaultier's fall/winter 1994 collection for both sexes took inspiration from Mongolia, Tibet, and China, and utilized the sexual charge of animal skins. This unconstructed pullover of faux tiger fur reverses to a shiny gray patterned fabric with bull's heads; in addition to bold stripes, the same gray cloth is used on the oversize double shirt worn beneath.