1980s style print jumpsuit, Made in Denmark, 100% cotton.
Text & Photo © JE Nilsson & CM Cordeiro 2020

It’s brilliant summer weather outdoors along the Swedish west coast. This evening, it’s high winds. A challenge for BBQ-ing, but perfect for sailing.

I haven’t put on any 80s-vibe clothing since the 1980s, and not even watching Stranger Things made me want to don some of Eleven’s more fantastic 80s pop fashion items. But today I enjoyed finding a 1980s abstract print jumpsuit. The 1980s was a decade of kaleidoscopic fashion that is characteristically difficult to create – and wear. Jean Paul Gaultier is one of my favourite designers for exactly that reason, and that in a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Gaultier had consistently created gorgeous kaleidoscopic pieces, haute couture. Gaultier announced that his Jan. 2020 Paris show would be his last [1]. And I will certainly miss his creations. Signature to Gaultier creations are the multispectra use of contrasting-complementing material, textures, colours and clothing shapes.

Well, this jumpsuit is no Gaultier. It’s made in Denmark and carries with it, its own signature touch of Scandinavian playful and eco-consciousness. Sewn neatly onto the fabric is a label reading “Fabric declaration; 100% cotton”. The 100% cotton means zero stretch to the material and possibly, lasting quite a while if you take care of it. It was a serendipitous find, and pure fun to wear. Totally made my day. And in some tangent way, maybe a little Gaultier.

[1] DW (2020). After 50 years, Jean-Paul Gaultier takes final bow in Paris, Deutsche Welle (DW). Internet resource at https://www.dw.com/en/after-50-years-jean-paul-gaultier-takes-final-bow-in-paris/a-52086633. Retrieved 13 July. 2020.