Jean Paul Gaultier Pays Tribute to London
Jean Paul Gaultier cannot stop gushing about his love for all things British - the punks, the humor, the tartan, David Bowie - all vital inspirations to the French designer.
But it took the Frenchman a while to come round to British cuisine - and some of it remains firmly off the menu.
"Now I love the food - at the beginning no. Apart from the English breakfast," Gaultier said Tuesday, gently poking fun at terrible English food and Anglo prudishness as he opened the London leg of a major exhibition celebrating his three decades as one of fashion’s best-loved rebels.
The show features 165 of his over-the-top creations, from Madonna’s cone bras to risque bondage-inspired corsets to men’s skirts.
Some of Gaultier’s designs, like his signature Breton stripes, are unmistakably Gallic. But he said London’s irreverence has always been his inspiration and his escape from the snobbishness of Parisian haute couture.
"It was my vitamin," he told The Associated Press, speaking English with a thick French accent. "I love the freedom of London. I saw it in the streets, the rock scene, the rock stars, the concerts. The energy, the character, all the people that are different, assuming their own beauty and character.
"In the London clubs they’re there to dance. In Paris, they’re there to pose," he added.