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Legendary French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier
may have hung up his scissors, but his fashion house will live on under an
ever-changing carousel of guest designers, he said Wednesday.
The flamboyant creator — who bowed out last month after half a century
the top of the fashion tree with a musical spectacular in Paris — said a
guest designer will be given the keys to his haute couture studio every
“I have the pleasure to announce the new concept for my Haute Couture,”
67-year-old Gaultier tweeted.
“Each season, I will invite a designer to interpret the codes of the
and I am doubly pleased that Chitose Abe of Sacai will be the first one.”
The two were photographed together on the roof of Gaultier’s Paris
headquarters in the famous blue overalls he and his collaborators wear.
Abe, 48, is one of the most admired Japanese designers, counting Vogue
supremo Anna Wintour and the doyenne of fashion critics, Suzi Menkes, among
She was also one of the very rare rivals that the late Karl Lagerfeld
showered praise upon, calling her “one of the most interesting designers
Chitose Abe of Sacai to debut new Gaultier design strategy
“Abe’s genius is in her unique cut and in recutting and splicing clothing
together, “creating a sum that is greater than its parts”.
She trained with Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons in Tokyo and worked
Junya Watanabe before striking out on her own 20 years ago.
The Jean Paul Gaultier label shows a new collection twice a year during
Paris haute couture week, the elite club that is regarded as the creme de la
creme of fashion.(AFP)
Foto: Jean Paul Gaultier AW19, via Catwalkpictures