Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1992 amFAR Extravaganza

Jean-Paul Gaultier is renowned for many things – his exceptional tailoring, his conical bras, his impassioned approach to socio-political causes in fashion – and, on September 2, 1992, all of these elements united for a show that definitely mattered. In honour of amFAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research), Gaultier held a fashion benefit whose runway included everything from lip-synching to Dr Ruth dressed in rubber to raise money for a cause that devastated (and continues to devastate) communities around the world.

“Tonight will be about protection… wear rubber and protect yourself!” explained Gaultier before the amFAR 1992 show. “I think fashion can make people think… and what will be important in the 90s will be to wake up and look at what is happening in the world.”




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