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French designer Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the runways after 50 years with one final spectacle. His last show was staged at the 19th-century Théâtre du Châtelet, which saw illustrious stars in its attendance including burlesque star Dita Von Teese, actors Béatrice Dalle and Rossy De Palma and models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and Paris Jackson.
The show kicks off with a funeral scene depicted in William Klein’s 1966 fashion film Who Are You, Polly Maggo. An oversized casket appears with large conical breasts to remind the audience that he is, after all, the man who invented the iconic cone bra for Madonna, which found its place in the fashion industry and pop-culture a decade on.
With Boy George belting off a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, the show featured the designer’s signature styles through up-cycled fabrics from his past works. Gaultier is known for his rebellious Haute couture touch in the fashion industry, where he challenged gender stereotypes and honored models of all shapes and sizes on the runway.
“I have opened all my drawers, taken back all my old collections,” Gaultier wrote in his farewell letter. “I have used my archives as material. Goodbye, the brand-new; hello, the brand old. What I did at the beginning with no resources, I do today with my inheritance to give life to new creations,” he summarized his departure from the runways.
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