With the Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” quickly approaching, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at one of fashion’s most talked about, controversial, avant-garde designers; Jean Paul Gaultier. He’s infamously known in French as “Enfant Terrible"—or “the Unruly Child”—a nickname that describes Gaultier’s boundary-pushing and unconventional aesthetics.

Gaultier often incorporates religious themes in his designs and collections, however, where is the line drawn between appreciation and sacrilege? Where does inspiration turn into appropriation? Or in what way, regardless of the designer’s intention, can it be rationalized as creativity?

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