Earlier this week, much to the surprise of the fashion world, Jean Paul Gaultier announced that he will be withdrawing from ready-to-wear fashion following his final show next week in Paris. In his short statement, Gaultier explained that after 38 years in prêt-à-porter, he felt the time was appropriate to focus exclusively on the brand’s haute couture and fragrance ventures. We’re at a moment in fashion where the demands on designers to produce a minimum of four collections a year is a serious hinderance to the creative process. Consumer demand for more product on a near immediate time scale leaves little time for thoughtful and quality clothing to be made. Gaultier’s decision to discontinue his ready-to-wear line is a significant move from a major designer to put an end to the fashion rat race madness––a commendable one at that. In deference to Jean Paul Gaultier’s departure from ready-to-wear, I’ve gathered the scans below from L’Officiel Magazine’s special edition 30th anniversary retrospective from 2007 of Jean Paul Gaultier’s illustrious career in prêt-à-porter.