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Jean Paul Gaultier announces next designer for Haute Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier announces next designer for Haute Couture

The first designer under the brand's new concept...

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui

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Just weeks after Prada announced its co-creative direction with Raf Simons, Jean Paul Gaultier reveals his first participating designer under his new concept...

During Haute Couture Fashion Week last season, Jean Paul Gaultier — a prominent personality on the calendar — shocked the industry as he announced that he would be taking his final bow at his Spring/Summer 2020 couture show after 50 years in fashion.

"This show celebrating 50 years of Jean Paul Gaultier's career, will also be his last. But rest assured, Haute Couture will continue with a new concept," read the caption, letting fans worldwide know that the brand will go on after his exit.

And today, we find out what this means.

The new concept introduces a collaboration between the fashion house and different designers as they will come to interpret the codes of the house and give their vision of Haute Couture.

For the first collaboration, Jean Paul Gaultier chose Sacai's Chitose Abe and she will present the next Haute Couture collection in July 2020.

"The idea of different designers interpreting one Haute Couture brand came to me in the nineties for a Parisian Haute Couture House who found itself without a designer," explained the legendary designer. "I am pleased that this concept will become reality now with Chitose Abe of Sacai as the first guest designer. I admire her work, we have many things in common creatively and share a similar vision of fashion. I am glad to give her the complete freedom."

Speaking of her new role, Abe said: "I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul's unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I've strived towards in my work since the beginning. It's a true honour to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project."

We can't wait to see the results of the upcoming collection. Stay tuned!

Now, find out which fashion brand cancelled their Cruise '21 show due to fears of the coronavirus.

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