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It's a big year for Jean Paul Gaultier. In addition to celebrating his 60th birthday, he is the subject of subject of a massive museum retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which is currently on tour and arrives in San Francisco’s de Young Museum this month. Out magazine spoke with the exuberant designer at his baroque Paris atelier recently; below, our six favorite insights into Gaultier's madcap brain.
· On celebrating his upcoming 60th birthday: "I will stay in my bed"
· On his famous "enfant terrible" nickname: "That name came from people who did not know what to say about me. People were interested in me and they didn’t know what to call it. So they said, ‘Enfant terrible.’ "
· On stereotypes: "What is masculine and what is feminine, anyway? Why should men not show that they can be fragile or seductive? I am only happy when there is no discrimination."
· On Pierre Cardin: "It wasn’t like an old French house. It wasn’t that old prostitution of doing everything for money; it was doing things for the love of the idea. He taught me to be truly free-spirited."
· On dressing his teddy bear as a child: "[I put her] in the cone bra a long time before Madonna.”
!83; On Madonna: "I said later, if she hadn’t asked me to make clothes for her, I would’ve killed the one that she did ask.”