- Title: FRANCE: JEAN PAUL GAULTIER UNVEILS HIS SPRING AND SUMMER COLLECTION.
- Date: 21st January 1998
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 21, 1998) 1. GV/MV: VARIOUS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW/ BRIDE (10 SHOTS) 1.43 Initials S.3 - P.3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
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- Story Text: INTRO: French designer Jean Paul Gaultier has unveiled a Spring and Summer collection inspired by costume of the 18th century and Touareg people's suits.
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier topping off his Spring-Summer haute couture collections on Wednesday (January 21) with a wry look at the historical revival sweeping the catwalk.
Signing his third Haute Couture collection, Gaultier mixed Versailles with Sahara. Pageboys served mint tea to the audience while a turbaned mucisian played Frank Sinatra and Donna Summer on the harpsichord.
Then in walked a dishevelled Marie-Antoinette in rawhide and a bodice of white chiffon "millefeuille", then a down-and-out female version of Barry Lindon in lace-up knee pants and an 18th century riding coat with ruffled lace cuffs.
A slim midnight trouser suit came with detachable bustles that served as a pocketbook while a coat printed with sepia photographs of desert-dwellers came over a floor-length tulle dancing skirt paired with a white blouse and tie.
Gaultier seemed to be flipping around the historical emakes of the British designers and turning them into used and tattered theatre costumes.
But the real clothes were there as well - leather jump-suits and black crepe sheaths with hoopskirts to take off, a slip dress of tiny white beads or a black faille top hat that fastened at the back like bodices of yore.
The wedding dress showed Gaultier to be as versatile designer as any, although the long flowing veil repeatedly caught the stage floor causing the audience to cheer and applaud.
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