Ever thought a can of cat food might make a beautiful silver cuff, as-in-bracelet? Me neither! But Jean-Paul Gaultier did. He cut off both ends, dipped it in silver, and called it jewelry.
Susan Orlean’s New Yorker profile on Jean-Paul Gaultier reveals that the designer has great powers to recast the ordinary. By definition, he is a utopianist: he is able to take nothing for granted when approaching the material world; he is able to see possibility where many of us cannot. A cat can, in other worlds, can be a bracelet if it fits on your wrist.