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5 minutes with Jean Paul Gaultier

5 Minutes with Jean Paul Gaultier

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This month French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier launches his Scandal fragrance in North America. (It debuted in Europe last year to rave reviews.) Here, Jean Paul gives us a quick look into his creative word.

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Five minutes with Jean Paul Gaultier


Dave: How would the Scandal woman react to an actual Scandal?

Jean Paul Gaultier: The woman behind Scandal would totally assume. She would not care about what other say. I always loved strong women: never bothered by a judgement that society may bear on them. (Grace Jones and Madonna are good friends.)


DL: What is the key to a long career in fashion and fragrance?

JPG: The rule is not to follow the rules and mainly have fun.


DL: Scandal, what does the world mean to you?

JPG: The biggest scandal for me is injustice.

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Jean Paul Gaultier creation for the Scandal ad campaign


DL: How scandalous do you think a scandal can be today?

JPG: The scandal today is that there is no scandal.


DL: Describe the Jean Paul Gaultier brand in three words.

JPG: Creative, French, fun

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DL: What’s your favourite part about creating fragrances?

JPG: Fragrance is like a piece of clothing, it is something we wear on our skin. Creating something so personal and intimate is a wonderful experience.


DL: What do you think it takes to be a successful designer?

JPG: Passion. If you have passion, anything is possible.

jean paul gaultier scandal fragrance

The fragrance:

Launch: Scandal

Fragrance style: a honey chypre with a floral addiction

Notes: blood orange, honey, patchouli, gardenia, mandarin, orange blossom, jasmine, caramel, woods

Master perfumers: Daphne Bugey, Fabrice Pellegrin and Christopher Raynaud created the fragrance – each working on a different part of the composition


  • Reply
    fiona d
    March 26, 2022 at 10:29 am

    The man is a legend, such a talent

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    Patti sanghwan
    January 4, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Love this!

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    Kathleen marsden
    December 12, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Jasmine in any scent does it for me.


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    Amber Young
    April 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Totally loving the bottle design!!

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    Michelle Conn
    April 7, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Creative, French, fun …. ♥️

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    Heather Schell
    April 3, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I love Jean Paul Gaultier, he is so French and sassy, and I love how he SEES women. I agree 100%, the biggest scandal is injustice, I really struggle with it, it affects me deeply.

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