Jean Paul Gaultier says 'au revoir' to ready-to-wear

Jean Paul Gaultier says 'au revoir' to ready-to-wear

To focus on couture and beauty

Yesterday, Jean Paul Gaultier announced that he will be leaving the ready-to-wear fashion industry to focus on other departments in the fashion and beauty industry

The renowned designer, known for creating the iconic cone bra for Madonna, will soon be showing his final ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week later this month.

Taking his final bow, Gaultier's fashion house made the announcement on Monday, noting that he would also concentrate on perfumes and "various collaborations within the industry." Gaultier told WWD the decision to exit from both men and women's ready-to-wear fashion was due to changes in today's fashion industry:

"We looked at various possibilities considering the present state of the company and we have reached the same conclusion," he said. "Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections, don't leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate."

"After more than 38 years spent producing men's and women's ready-to-wear collections, it seems to us that the time has come to stop some of our activities and to concentrate principally on the development of the haute couture, of perfumes and to certain collaborations that I have not yet had time to explore," Gaultier added.