Gaultier pays homage to the Pop Stars of the 80’s
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier paied tribute to the Pop stars of the 1980s at his fashion show in Paris the other night, dressing his models to look like Grace Jones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Annie Lennox, with hilarious accuracy.
Karlie Kloss was dressed as Boy George, with hair ringlets and a rainbow colored kimono coat. Joan Smalls, in a tight black lace dress, was Sade. Jessica Stam was Madonna, in her Desparately Seeking Susan phase, and Lindsey Wixson, dressed in denim-colored sequins, channeled Jane Birkin and Je T’Aime . . . Moi Non Plus. So what if Ms. Birkin was from the wrong decade? The show was still a trip worthy of a Vegas act. At the end, there was an appearance by that fascinatingly wacky French character Amanda Lear, wearing a pink bathing suit.
Gaultier said his collection was themed on “people who had an influence on fashion, just as I was personally influenced by David Bowie in his way of being and dressing.”
“Madonna was the post-feminist, what came after the bra-burning years. She said ‘Yes, I am going to dress sexy, but I am the one deciding to do it’.”
Speaking of the 1980s, Susanne Bartsch, the nightlife figure famous since her parties in the Copacabana in New York, was sitting in the front row, as was a KISS tribute band.
Vogueing’s back, Madonna’s back, Ms. Bartsch said. Who’s going forward?
From the New York Times and the AFP.
Click here to see images from the collection on the online website of Vogue.