Following Jean Paul Gaultier’s final Haute Couture runway show in January, the French designer’s fashion house announced today that couture will carry on with a new guest designer each season. For its first collection under this new concept, Gaultier has invited Chitose Abe of Sacai to bring her perspective to couture.
Since his brand’s inception in 1976, Gaultier has been known for bringing theatrics to the runway and creating subversive, over-the-top fashion. Abe’s own experimental designs, however, are recognized for their subtlety, as the designer has stayed consistent in the way she deconstructs and reconstructs familiar silhouettes into hybrid fashions.
According to Gaultier, the idea of a Haute Couture label hosting different designers came to him in the ‘90s, when an unnamed Paris house was left without a designer.
“I am pleased that this concept will become reality now with Chitose Abe of Sacai as the first guest designer,” Gaultier said. “I admire her work, we have many tings in common creatively and a similar vision of fashion. I am glad to give her the complete freedom.”
Abe reflected on the shared approach to design between herself and Gaultier. “I have long held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning,” she said. “It’s a true honor to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”
Abe will present her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2020 collection for the house of Gaultier in July 2020.END
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