Jean Paul Gaultier (born April 24, 1952, Arcueil, France) is a French fashion designer known for his eponymous design house and his seven-year tenure as head designer at Hermès.
As a child growing up in a suburb of Paris, Gaultier showed an affinity for fashion. By the time he was 13 years old, he had created a collection of clothing for his mother and grandmother, and by age 18, he had started an apprenticeship in the fashion house of Parisian designer Pierre Cardin.
In 1976 Gaultier presented his first solo collection, using unorthodox, inexpensive materials like braided straw. Gaultier quickly gained attention due to his unconventional designs.