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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2012

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Jean Paul-Gaultier’s couture show earlier this week was hotly anticipated, perhaps as much for the 90 minute delay as the show itself, (based on the Twitter complaints from FT’s Jeanne Beker to NY Times’ Cathy Horyn). 

Mr. Gaultier was the designer to rule the 1990’s.  Madonna’s image has been forever linked to the French couturier’s cone bras and revived again on her current tour. 

For Fall 2012, his Haute Couture collection continued on his gender-bending theme.  There were corseted looks mixed with menswear tailoring.  There were 19th century references to provocative, cross dressing female author George Sand.  Some Paul Poiret inspired Orientalism touches and fanciful circus themes that reminded me of the romantic novel The Night Circus that I just read.

The overall look was rebellious, sexy, elegant and exquisite in its craftsmanship.  The badboy has long proven he can make good.  I hope he continues to inspire.
 Photos from Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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