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The First Time Jean Paul Gaultier Saw Madonna, He ‘Thought That She Was English Because She Was So Stylish’

Jean Paul Gaultier at the opening of his retrospective exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: “The first time I saw Madonna was on Top of the Pops. She was singing ‘Holiday,’ and she had a fabulous look. (I actually thought that she was English because she was so stylish.) She was into the same things that I was doing at the time, like crosses, oversized jewelry, and fishnets. The second time I saw her live was at the first MTV awards in New York at Radio City Music Hall. It must have been 1984. She sang ‘Like A Virgin’ in a wedding dress and was simulating ‘self contentment’ or ‘self satisfaction,’ to put it euphemistically. The audience was mostly business people, who were horrified. There were just a few young fans — and me, who absolutely loved it. That is when I realized that she couldn’t care less what others thought of her, and I also saw how powerful she was.” [Opening Ceremony]

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The First Time Jean Paul Gaultier Saw Madonna, He ‘Thought That She Was English Because She Was So Stylish’