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 grandiose show he held in the Théâtre de Châtelet 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 resume production of ready-to-wear through collections in which it collaborates with young designers, the first of which focused on the navy shirt for which the house was famous.
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 their Sakai store in Tokyo.
“I wanted a woman to come after me. She brought her Japanese culture, which you feel in volumes. It’s great, it’s a very beautiful voice,” he told AFP, expressing his delight with the result.
Chitose Ibe revealed behind the scenes, in Japanese and with the help of a translator, 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! She worked on the basis of the archive.”
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