Trompe L'oeil Nude

Jean Paul Gaultier was accused of plagiarism for using a technique called trompe l'oeil nude, a technique he has been using since the 90s.

Trompe l’oeil which translates to optical illusion is an effect that has been used in fashion as early as the 1800s.

This exact technique is what launched Elsa Schiaparelli’s career with her famous trompe l’oeil bowknot sweater.

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Elsa Schiaparelli Bow Knot Sweater

Trompe l’oeil nude, which is the optical illusion of a naked body, has regained popularity thanks to dresses by Syndical Chamber and Y/Project, the latter paying tribute to Jean Paul Gaultier.

After releasing his new collaboration with Lotta Volkova, Jean Peal Gaultier was falsely accused of copying Syndical Chamber.

Ironically, Jean Paul Gaultier first used this technique during Spring Summer 1993 collection and continued using it throughout the 90s.

He may not be the first fashion designer to use trompe l’oeil nude - after all Vivienne Westwood played with this idea in the 70s.

But like Johnny from Pechuga Vintage said, "Jean Paul Gaultier is arguably one of the most prolific individuals to co-opt this technique."

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