Women's suit; three pieces, of black cotton broadcloth and black synthetic fishnet: a) jacket with a black broadcloth front and black fishnet back; wide notched lapels, shoulder pads, long sleeves; double breasted with black snap fasteners; fitted with side patch pockets, hip length; b) skirt of black broadcloth; straight cut, knee length, no waistband; center back zipper closure; c) blouse of black fishnet front and black broadcloth back; small standing collar of broadcloth; cap sleeves; center front black snap fasteners; cropped length.
Jean Paul GAULTIER/ pour GIBO/dry clean only/made in Italy
As the prestige of Chicago's Magnificent Mile grew in the 1980's, so did the availability of sophisticated and avant-garde styles. Jean Paul Gaultier, a master craftsman with couture training, embodied the rebellious spirit taking shape among international designers at the time. In a 1985 Chicago Tribune article, Ultimo's Joan Weinstein identified Gaultier as "the innovator" a "brilliant young designer who is the biggest influence now in Europe." Gaultier's subversive skirt suit is an excellent example of his radical aesthetic: the jacket artfully hides the risqué, see-through mesh blouse. The garment represents the Museum's shifting focus to collect contemporary clothing worn in the modern era.