Friday, 28 September 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture - a homage to Paris

Another strong collection is Jean Paul Gaultiers couture collection which is inspired by the "Confession of a Child of the Century" by Alfred de Musset's which was the spark of the collection. Musset's love was the novelist George Sand, who scandalized mid-nineteenth century Paris by wearing men's clothes and smoking in public. Gaultier opened his show with Erin O'Connor as Sand, in top hat, tailcoat, and gentleman's fob.

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But Gaultier went on to prove his passion of the decadent, romantic, polymorphous lifestyle and transfered it into his fashion fantasy. Sand's tailcoat came back time and again, in crocodile, in camel, in the "male couture".
He took us on a journey through the literary world of the fin de siècle by naming outfits after the characters from Proust, Huysmans, and Wilde; and even the colors—absinthe, coral, gold, papal purple—were the colors of opium dreams.

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