Jean Paul Gaultier: Hollywood Stars Expect Free Dresses
Jean Paul Gaultier remembers simpler times...when actresses actually paid for the dresses to be worn during award season. He told the Telegraph UK:
"When I first started out Hollywood stars came and tried on the dresses and had many fittings. Now they expect the dresses for free. I hear some designers even pay them to wear their clothes. It is 'opeless."
But Gaultier seemingly has nothing to worry about. His designs continue to be worn by red-carpet-walking starlets and his Mexico-themed couture show has been hailed as his strongest collection in several seasons.
So, what can we expect from Gaultier next season? Corsets, probably. He explained that he has even designed corsets for cats but, "They can't stand! Not at all! They just fall over." He started making corsets when he was young, inspired by his grandmother's love of them, and even made one for his teddy bear. Stuffed animals aside, we can also probably expect more "real people" to walk Gaultier's runways. At his couture show, he sent Miss France 2009 strutting and last year, he chased Ines de la Fressange down the catwalk.
"I say, 'Why not?' It is what inspires me. I don't like to be safe. I use what I see. There is no point in me sitting 'ere in my couture house and not knowing what is going on there...You 'ave to be aware of what is going on in the street."