John Paul Gaultier's (b. 1952) backwards jacket is a witty take on the straight-laced business suit jacket. Though the wool and rayon jacket appears surprisingly mild for a Gaultier design, closer inspection reveals the designer's usual playful iconoclasm. Seen from the front, the jacket, with its rounded patch pockets and high collar, resembles a utilitarian smock or uniform. Unlike most smocks, this jacket has shapely princess seams which fit and flatter the body. This construction detail is emphasized by functional casings, which suggest the channeled construction of a corset. Instead of boning, Gaultier inserted a branded silver chain into two of these channels. A bold red and gold textile with a brocaded pattern of floating bull heads lines the jacket body and collar; black and white striped fabric lines the sleeves.