A Farewell To Jean Paul Gaultier: Legendary Fashion Designer Bows Out With Final Spring RTW Collection
What better way to pay tribute to a lengthy career of over forty years in the fashion industry than by going out with a last big bang? French designer Jean Paul Gaultier bid adieu to the fashion world with his last Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week. Though his prêt-á-porter will cease to end once next year comes, Gaultier announced his intentions to focus on haute couture, fragrances and collaborations in the industry. Citing that the fashion industry changed and one had to keep up a hectic schedule, Gaultier bowed out with grace and dignity. As models strutted across the runway with a soundtrack from the 80s, it became evident that the legend paid tribute to his career and those that furthered his success in a cutthroat world.
The French fashion house has always been one of my favorites due to Gaultier’s ingenious and creative mind when it came to design. From Madonna’s infamous cone bra on her Blond Ambition Tour, to designing all of the costumes on the iconoclast’s MDNA tour., Gaultier has kept true to the unique talent that made him who he is today from the day he entered into fashion as an assistant to Pierre Cardin in 1970 after showing the latter sketches.
His lengthy career has earned him placement in various museums that showcased exhibitions based on his work since his entrance in the 70s. The latest exhibition, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, currently en route to Australia after having been across London and North America, had a little help from Australia’s sweetheart, Kylie. Gaultier has designed for the singer on her KylieX2008 tour, and recently the Kiss Me Once tour with a fresh take on how the showgirl has evolved.
Gaultier is a legend whose list of clientele has included A-list celebrities, but he never forgot the everyday people. From using unconventional models with tattoos and piercings, older and full-figured people, Gaultier was one of the first designers to showcase that those left behind in the fashion world because they aren’t models, aren’t entirely forgotten.
As Gaultier bows out with his last RTW collection, we fashion enthusiasts thank him for his longevity in the fashion industry.
If you happen to find yourself down under later this year, visit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the National Gallery of Victoria for a step back in time that visits Gaultier’s past.