Goodbye to the runway: French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier announces retirement
Gaultier has said that he will just be taking a step back from designing garments. He will continue with his high-fashion and perfume business.
Iconic fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier’s upcoming show at Paris Fashion Week will mark his exit from desiging clothes after a 50-year career. The designer, who famously put “Queen of Pop” Madonna in a conical bra, made the surprising announcement in a video post on Twitter.
This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept. pic.twitter.com/PJCC53K4tm— Jean Paul Gaultier (@JPGaultier) January 17, 2020
In the amusing video message, shot as if the designer was giving an exclusive interview to a reporter over the phone, he said: “I am going to give you a scoop. This will be my last haute couture show. My last Gaultier Paris show. You have to come, you can’t miss that. I have a new concept; I’ll tell you about it later, I’ll tell you all the little secrets. But it is going to continue.”
He also had a seven-year stint as the Creative Director of Hermes. Gaultier’s last show at Théâtre du Châtelet on January 22 will mark his exit from the realm of fashion, but at least, he leaves us with the hope of a new creative venture under his brand name Gaultier Paris.
Gaultier has said that he will just be taking a step back from designing garments. He will continue with his high-fashion and perfume business. The designer will now focus on other creative projects.
The 67-year-old designer is known for pushing boundaries in fashion and blurring the lines between men’s and women’s clothing. His first individual collection was presented in 1976.
Gaultier’s irreverent style and provocative reputation brought him both fame and contempt from other fashion designers. In 2018, for instance, he produced a tongue-in-cheek fashion range inspired by cigarettes.
In past few years, the designer has come out with more regular collections, focusing on producing one-of-a-kind ranges presented during haute couture fashion weeks in Paris.
He stopped designing ready-to-wear clothes in 2015 to concentrate on haute couture – handmade clothes that only the world’s richest people can afford.
Gaultier was personal assistant to French fashion magnate Pierre Cardin at 18. He rose to fame in the 1980s alongside designers like Thierry Mugler when the Paris fashion scene was at its most decadent. He also made a parallel television career as the co-presenter of a ribald series called Eurotrash.
In 2018, he staged his own hit cabaret show based loosely on his life story, called Fashion Freak Show, which opened at the Folie Bergère in Paris.
This is how Twitter reacted to Gaultier’s announcement:
NO REST! World need ONE@JPGaultier— Goran von Karkin (@vonkarkin) January 17, 2020
Greetings from Bosnia! pic.twitter.com/waWAuJYYzD
OMG ???? an icon. The man responsible for this look. pic.twitter.com/7fEW5B2sfD— Jennifer (@Her_Masterpiece) January 18, 2020
Everyone running to put on their JPG like pic.twitter.com/fzcmZXw27J— Kristine Kenyon???? (@kristine_kenyon) January 17, 2020
IM FUCKING SHAKING AND CRYING NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPOPO— Peachy Peaxh ???? (@peachyycheekss) January 18, 2020
Love your art. Love your designs. One of a kind. Mean it ????— ciaolimoncello (@ciaolimoncello) January 17, 2020