1988 Jean Paul Gaultier Documented Cowboy Lace 'Cone Bra' Bustier Lingerie Set
A highly coveted and instantly recognizable Jean Paul Gaultier nude illusion lace hourglass bustier and matching lace-up wiggle skirt dating back to his iconic 1988 `La Concierge est dans l'Escalier' spring-summer collection. This epic archival look has the most impressive western cowboy novelty patterned lace with Jean Paul Gauliter's name spelled backwards throughout. The lace work alone reads so haute couture. The nipped-waist peplum bustier from the collection has even more historical significance because it was Madonna's choice look for a stunning Harper's Bazaar shoot and the first time Madonna wore Jean Paul Gaultier for an important editorial. She later wore a Jean Paul Gaultier bullet-bra corset during her 1990 'Blonde Ambition' tour and has consistently revisited the aesthetic throughout her career. Jean Paul Gaultier is described as an "enfant terrible" of the industry, known for his unconventional designs with motifs including corsets, marinières and tin cans. Gaultier redefined the corset as a symbol of female liberation and empowerment. This epic two-piece ensemble is a brilliant example of his genius. The fabric combination is sensational; the highest quality novelty western logo black lace with a stretch nude lycra underlay. The bustier is designed to simulate lingerie and is accented with concentrically top stitched underwired breast cups. I love the bra-like halter strap and highly structured peplum waist. The matching hourglass skirt is so provocative and eye-catching. The waist has a criss-cross laced design for ever more of a nipped fit if desired. There are seductive striped satin bands to the skirt and sides. This is such a wearable museum worthy piece of fashion history that will instantly become a favorite.
Measurements Bustier Marked a European 40 Bust: 34-36 inches Waist: 24-26 inches Total Length: 25 inches Skirt Marked a European 42 Waist: 25-30 inches (due to stretch lace-up ) Hips: up to 38 inches Total Length: 25 inches
This archival Jean Paul Gaultier set is in beautiful condition with no noticeable rips, stains or holes. The construction of this ensemble is impeccable. Perfectly working front metal snaps. Skirt has back center zipper hidden by lace-up corsetry. Highly wearable and a true work of art that will continue to increase in value.