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Jean Paul Gaultier (source: jpgfashionfreakshow.com)

April 24 is Jean Paul Gaultier’s birthday.

I think the world of Jean Paul Gaultier. To me, he represents the best of fashion, where creative self-expression trumps every other consideration. There are no rules in his universe, and that’s why I include him in the Pisces chapters of both of my books. Pisces is the sign where everything gets blurry, especially gender roles and the concept of taste itself.

I had a look at Gaultier’s natal chart on astrotheme.com. I expected to see some planets in either Pisces or Capricorn because those positions could account for the designer’s campiness. I didn’t see what I expected to see. If his time of birth is accurate, he has Libra rising and Mars in Scorpio in the first house. He also has both Mercury and Venus in Aries in the sixth house, and the sun and the moon in Taurus in the seventh house.

I can see that combination endowing him with rebelliousness. He has long been known as fashion’s “enfant terrible,” and a first-house Mars could account for that. He’s also know to be one of fashion’s master tailors, and that is the sort of talent that could be revealed by a sixth-house connection. I’m not so sure, however, how his seventh-house sun, moon and Jupiter would affect his career. Those are the sort of planetary positions I would expect to see in the chart of someone like Yves Saint Laurent or Marc Jacobs: designers who have succeeded through a partnership with someone who manages the business of the brand, like Pierre Bergé or Robert Duffy.

Maybe there is someone behind the scenes at Gaultier that I don’t even know about. What I do know is that I share his rising sign. Perhaps that’s why I feel such an affinity with the designer. I still get excited every time he stages a show, even though a few members of today’s fashion press do not share my enthusiasm.

Oh well. Let them have Pierpaulo Piccioli and Valentino. I’ll keep Jean Paul Gaultier all to myself!

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