So far, this season’s Supreme collaborations have been with the usual suspects (names like Nike, The North Face and Timberland) This week, however, Supreme has teamed up with a designer many see as a left field choice: Jean Paul Gaultier

Born in the suburbs of Paris in 1952, Gaultier began sketching at an early age and with the encouragement of his grandmother, he began sending these sketches to designers. After receiving some of these sketches, one of the era’s most influential designers—Pierre Cardin—hired Gaultier as an assistant on his 18th birthday. After exiting Cardin, Gaultier went on to work with Jacques Estelle and Jean Patou before presenting his first solo collection in 1976. The collection garnered much attention due to his unconventional designs, including male skirts and exaggerated tailoring. By the 1980s, his outlandish designs helped Gaultier earn his nickname as fashion’s “enfant terrible”—French for “unruly child”. Going into the 1990s, Gaultier’s eponymous line grew in popularity and he presented his first haute couture collection. He also expanded his brand off the runway, launching a series of incredibly successful fragrances, perhaps best personified by 1995’s Le Male. If the average consumer knows of Gaultier, it’s likely because they’ve encountered his work through his fragrances. In pop culture, The designer was also tapped to work on the costumes for Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour, as well as the iconic sci-fi film The Fifth Element.

In 2014, Gaultier announced that he would stop making ready-to-wear and menswear lines due to an increasingly demanding schedule. He instead turned his focus onto couture, costume design and collaborations. At the time, no one would’ve guessed that would come to include a Supreme collaboration.

While the partnership may seem random on the surface, the two brands have more in common than one may think. GQ calls both brands “provocative, political, sexy and playful.” When Gaultier’s history of using his shows to spark debate is laid out, it certainly makes sense why the masterful button-pushers behind Supreme would want to team up with a kindred spirit in provocation.

For Spring/Summer 2019 Supreme and Jean Paul Gaultier collaborated on a 17-piece collection, part of which is modeled by Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon. The collaboration includes a double breasted blazer, cargo suit pant, cargo suit vest, double breasted plaid faux fur coat, reversible backpack MA-1, printed trucker jacket, rayon shirt, printed jean, hoodie, sweatpant, box logo T-shirt, Schott leather holster, belt, sunglasses, the Le Male fragrance, and two pairs of Vans — a Chukka Pro and Era Pro — featuring graphics by Jean Paul Gaultier.

If we had to guess, we’d say the, box logo T-shirt, sunglasses and Le Male fragrance will be among the first to sell out, as hypebeasts race to be the first to Instagram the bottle with Kanye West’s line about the scent as the caption for the latter.

The Supreme x Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2019 collection drops this Thursday, April 11, at Supreme’s US, European and online stores. It will release on April 13 in Japan. Be sure to check Grailed shortly after 11 am as items make their way to the Hype marketplace.

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