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Jean Paul Gaultier Tells Carla Bruni 'My Favorite Piece Of Clothing Is The Condom'

First Posted: 01/21/2011 2:10 pm Updated: 05/25/2011 6:25 pm

WWD has the inside scoop on model-turned-actress Farida Khelfa's documentary "Jean Paul Gaultier ou les codes bouleversés," set to air on French television on Friday night:

The documentary opens with his last Hermès ready-to-wear show in October 2010 and ends with Gaultier taking a bow on the same runway. Khelfa herself made her way down that Hermès catwalk.

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Of course, Gaultier's bubbly nature surfaces in the documentary, which also includes striking images of his first collections. Khelfa says she made a point to film him with women ­-- Madonna, Beth Ditto and Dita Von Teese­ because "he really likes women."

However, the segment we're most excited to see is Carla Bruni's interview with the designer. According to the fashion newspaper, JPG tells Bruni, "My favorite piece of clothing is the condom, because it protects from the [HIV] virus." Bruni and Gaultier have worked together for the "Born HIV free" campaign by the Global Fund.

France Soir has some additional deets: Gaultier dished on his relationship with businessman Francis Menuge, remarking, "It was love at first sight. Francis believed in me and gave me strength."

Khelfa noted, "Jean Paul is someone very jovial who rarely expresses his feelings. He'd rather hide his pain and sadness. It's a method of self-preservation. I wanted to show him in an intimate light."

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