'Frou Frou' Tulle Ruffle Bra & Briefs By Jean Paul Gaultier For La Perla

'Frou Frou' Tulle Ruffle Bra & Briefs By Jean Paul Gaultier For La Perla, c. 2011, Italy. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2011, created for SS12

Origin: Italy

Fabric: Cotton and nylon

Brand: Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla


A bra and brief set comprising of beige tulle lining overlaid with intricately stitched ruffles of pink cotton bobbinet tulle. The tight ruffles and raw edges of the fabric give this set an extremely textured and voluminous appearance. The ruffled technique at the bust is reminiscent of early 20th c. bust pads.

These garments are from the ‘Frou Frou’ range of the Créateur collection, a collaboration between French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and heritage luxury lingerie house La Perla. The collaboration was launched to the market in 2010 to great critical acclaim at a particularly high price point. This bra originally retailed for $705, and the coordinating briefs for $535. The range was available in three colourways: this bright pink, blush pink and black/beige. The collection was particularly noteworthy for its use of intricate and time consuming embellishment techniques, many of which are rarely used in contemporary design.

Jean Paul Gaultier founded his eponymous label in 1977 in Paris, France, and soon became renowned as the ‘Enfant Terrible’ of French fashion for his daring and playful approach to design. The label encompasses a fashion empire that covers haute couture, ready to wear, eyewear and perfume. Many of his designs have been strongly influenced by historical lingerie designs, with famous silhouettes including dramatically shaped corsetry and exagerrated bullet bras. The designer has collaborated on a number of ‘ready to wear’ projects, including with the label Wolford in the late 1990s, and with La Perla in the early 2010s.

La Perla was founded in 1954 in Bologna, Italy, by master corsetmaker Ada Masotti. The brand’s name (‘the pearl’) came from the decision to present lingerie as fine jewellery, with the associations of luxury and femininity. The first brand collections were even presented in velvet-lined boxes. The brand treated lingerie as a fashion accessory rather than simply a clothing necessity, using fine fabrics such as French leavers laces, and silks.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2018-030


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