Legendary French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier will retire from trend after a sometimes spectacular present in Paris on Wednesday (Jan 22).
The maverick creator surprised followers by saying that the high fashion present in a theatre within the French capital can be his final.
The provocateur who modified pop historical past by placing Madonna in a conical bra and who invented – and beloved sporting – the “man skirt”, mentioned he was hanging up his scissors after 50 years within the enterprise.
On condition that Gaultier is taking his remaining bow on the Theatre Du Chatelet, rumours are rife that the 67-year-old showman could throw himself into showbiz.
His “Style Freak Present”, a cheeky cabaret revue based mostly on his life has been a preferred and demanding hit.
With its catchphrase “Tout le monde est beau!” (“All people seems to be so good!”), it was a feelgood smash when he premiered it on the Folies Bergere in Paris in 2018.
“For years now Jean Paul-Gaultier has been saying, ‘I’m going to need to decide (concerning the future)’,” mentioned trend historian Olivier Saillard.
“I feel the success of the present has proven him a approach,” he added.
‘Laughing and crying’
“It has been fantastic for him to see the general public laughing and crying with him,” the historian mentioned.
“It’s so rather more joyful than a trend present, which lasts 11 minutes and the place individuals are at all times on their telephones taking images.”
The impish creator had beforehand carved out a cult following as a presenter of the late-night 1990s tv present “Eurotrash”.
However Gaultier cultivated an air of secrecy about his future as he made his bombshell retirement announcement, teasing journalists with a sometimes jokey video message which he recorded whereas reclining on a chaise lounge.
“I’ve a brand new idea. I’ll inform you about it later, all of the little secrets and techniques. To be continued! Kisses!” he mentioned.
His model said that his fragrance model and high-end high fashion enterprise, Gaultier Paris, would dwell on.
Gaultier stopped designing ready-to-wear garments in 2015 to focus on high fashion – extravagant handmade garments which solely the world’s richest ladies can afford.
The designer mentioned his farewell present will end with an enormous occasion – “All people will likely be there!” – that can “go on very, very late”.
French cinema and tv stars in addition to trend royalty are anticipated to pack into the theatre in central Paris.
With Gaultier’s love of punk and the burlesque, his buddies Dita Von Teese and Spanish actress Rossy De Palma will not be more likely to miss the event.
Even in regular instances, his high fashion exhibits are a spectacle.
By no means lower than flamboyant, Gaultier was a trend prodigy, changing into the non-public assistant of French type legend Pierre Cardin at simply 18.
From the beginning he challenged gender stereotypes and traditional concepts of magnificence, as soon as putting an advert for “atypical” fashions.
“The facially disfigured shouldn’t chorus from making use of,” he added.
Gaultier embraced the concepts of physique positiveness and gender fluidity lengthy earlier than they grew to become trendy.
American singer Beth Ditto and the bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst have been among the many atypical fashions whom he charmed onto the catwalk.
Saillard mentioned the couturier had mentored many prime designers over time and “he is sort of a non secular father to them”.
“He feels that trend has modified terribly,” Salliard mentioned.
Nor was it a secret that Gaultier was sad with the Catalan luxurious conglomerate Puig, who purchased his model in 2011.
“He has been designing for 50 years now, which isn’t nothing,” mentioned Saillard. “He will likely be again, however another way.” – AFP Relaxnews