Working as a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, and advertising film director since the 1960s, Jean-Paul Goude has had a rich and storied career. The mixture of sharp lines and the curves of the human body are prevalent throughout his work. Being the son of a dancer, movement is very important. In the 70’s, Goude was tapped to curate Esquire Magazine and landed the job as art director. He also created ad campaigns for Chanel. Meeting Grace Jones and being introduced to Studio 54 inspired his work.
“Suddenly the combination of purity in design and the wildness of Grace was something that I adored and that motivated me to do more. So when we got on tour together I was definitely inspired…It was very important for me to bring this back,” said Goude.
From the New York of Andy Warhol and mixed cultures, and Grace Jones, his muse of the 70s-80s, from the spectacular Bicentennial Parade in Paris in 1989 to ads for Kodak and Chanel, Goude has been one of the greatest contemporary imaginations and seminal tastemakers for over four decades.