Jean Paul Gaultier is as well known for his remarkable designs as his big mouth. The famed French designer recently sat down with The Telegraph to discuss the new documentary about him by one of his former models and muses, Farida Khelfa that recently debuted at the Rio Film Festival in Brazil. What happened?
Khelfa's film is one of an increasing number of documentaries and dramatic features set in the fashion world. Whether Valentino: The Last Emperor or The Devil Wears Prada, Gaultier has watched most of them. However, he has mixed feelings about the way the camera has captured his professional world.
"I didn't like, for example, Prêt-à-Porter," he says of Robert Altman's mid-Nineties comedy drama, complaining that it wasn't sarcastic enough. Nor did he much care for The Devil Wears Prada itself. "Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described!" he laughs of the 2006 film, which features Meryl Streep as a formidable fashion editor not unlike US Vogue's editor-in-chief, Wintour. Ask about his attitude toward Wintour and he is a little evasive. Is she a positive figure? "She is a figure," is all he will say.
Ouch. We bet that someone won't be featured in an upcoming issue of a certain American magazine...