French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier said, during his presence behind the scenes of the premiere of his house, of costumes designed by her Japanese guest, Chitose Ibe, that he now loves fashion as a “spectator”.
Jean Paul Gaultier retired from design in January 2020 through a lavish show he held at the Théâtre de Chatelet in Paris at the end of his fiftieth year in the profession, but he nevertheless did not stray from fashion. At the end of last May, the Jean Paul Gaultier fashion house announced that it would re-produce ready-to-wear through collections in which it collaborates with young designers, the first of which focused on the navy shirts that the house is famous for.
Gaultier did not go out of the scenes to welcome the audience alongside the Japanese designer during her show, which is part of Haute Couture Week, currently taking place in Paris, but he received his fans backstage after the show.
The design language of Gauthier and Chitose Ibe is similar in many respects, and he chose it as his first design designer when he was shopping at a Sakai store in Tokyo.
“I would love for a woman to come after me,” he told AFP. She has brought with her her Japanese culture which she feels in volumes. That’s great, it’s a very beautiful sound,” he said, expressing his happiness with the result.
As for Chitose Ibe, she revealed behind the scenes, in Japanese and with the help of an interpreter, that Jean-Paul Gaultier had given her carte blanche, telling her that “Design is a matter of freedom.”
Gauthier confirmed this, saying: ‘I never gave her any instructions! It worked based on the archive.”
The famous French designer: “I now love fashion as a (bystander).”
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